What are some of the ways that distinguish a man from a boy? The ability to take care of oneself and others? An ability to think for oneself and use one’s freedom wisely? The Launch program seeks to help young men grow in these areas and more, giving them opportunities where others depend on them, helping them explore interests beyond videogames, guiding them to become other-centered in service, and helping them grow spiritually in a relationship with God.

Students will be expected to plan and prepare meals, to read and discuss good literature, and to serve those around them. There will also be time for sports and tangible projects such as fishing, carving, or woodburning. Each participant will have an opportunity to grow closer to God through daily Mass, meditation, and rosary.

The activity will take place July 3-7 at Wynnview, located at 661 Sunset Hill Road, Randolph, VT 05060.

Who is eligible for this trip?

The program is designed for high school students entering grade 9 in the Fall of 2023, but any high school student is eligible to apply.

What are the logistics of the program?

The trip will depart from Chestnut Hill on Monday morning, July 3rd, 2023. It will return to Chestnut Hill on Friday, July 7th. The cost of the Program this year is $600. Scholarships are available upon request.

If you have any questions about the program, you can contact John Paul Lechner at 202-733-0771 or by email at

How do I apply for the program?