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, particularly through work projects. Each participant will have an opportunity to grow closer to God through daily Mass, meditation, and rosary. We will have a lot of fun in daily sports, games, and times of leisure.

The activity will take place July 1-5, 2024 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 2024, but any high school student is eligible to apply.

How much does it cost?

The program costs $550. Payments can be made by check payable to the Chestnut Hill Center, or by paying the full amount at registration instead of only the initial deposit. If you have any questions regarding finances, please contact John Paul Lechner at

What are the logistics of the program?

The trip will depart from Chestnut Hill on Monday morning, July 1st, 2024. It will return to Chestnut Hill on Friday, July 5th.

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?