On the first day, after visiting Lexington and Concord, we will drive up to the Wynnview farm in Randolf, VT. The rest of the week we will remain there, except for our mountain hike on Friday.

Our goal for this trip is to help the boys envision the virtues needed to be a leader. This will be done through classes, sports, and mentoring. The organization classes help students realize how their plans and actions in the first year of high school are a great time to practice leadership qualities. Each participant will also have an opportunity to grow closer to God through daily Mass, meditation, and rosary.

This program takes the place of the CIT trip, with additional content added to help prepare students for high school. The two new aspects of the program are: a discussion on the play A Man for All Seasons, about the life of Thomas More, and a week-long debate tournament. Brendan and Patrick McDonald, competitive national high school debate contestants, will lead the debates.

Who is eligible for this trip?

High school boys entering grade 9 in the Fall of 2021 are eligible to apply for the program.

Who are the staff of the program?

1. Raymond Le Grand

2. John Paul Lechner

3. Andy O’Meara

4. Fr. John Grieco

5. Matthew McDonald

We will also have three counselors coming along for the trip. Each of them is a high school student who has previous experience as a counselor.

What are the logistics of the program?

The trip will depart from Chestnut Hill at 8:30 AM on Monday, July 5th, 2021. It will return to Chestnut Hill by 6pm on Friday, July 9th. The cost of the Program this year is $450. Scholarships are available upon request.

If you have any questions about the program, you can contact Raymond Le Grand at (972) 904-1002 or by email at

How do I apply for the program?

You may complete the form below to register.

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  • Preferably, electronic devices (smartphones, iPads, and the like) will be left at home. The reason for leaving these types of devices at home is to foster a tone of camaraderie and friendship. Unfortunately, at times, electronic devices have the opposite effect—tending to isolate people and be an obstacle to conversation. *If you do bring one of these devices, the staff will collect them upon arrival. There will be a couple of times during the camp that you will have access to them so you may respond to important messages or calls. (Coverage, however, may be quite limited.) Parents may reach participants at any time by calling Raymond Le Grand at 972-904-1002 or JP Lechner at 202-733-0771.
  • Photo Release: I hereby authorize and consent to the use and reproduction by the Launch staff or an authorized agent or assignee of any and all photographs taken of my son for the purpose of promoting the Launch without any compensation to me. All film, together with any prints, shall constitute property of the Launch, solely and completely. Liability Waiver: I hereby give permission for our son to participate in all activities conducted by the Launch. We agree to hold the directors and staff harmless from any liability to anyone on account of any injuries to our son. I understand that the Launch cannot be responsible for lost or broken items. I understand my son will comply with all cabin policies and procedures. I also understand, and will comply with, all cancellation policies and procedures. Medical Release: I hereby delegate authority to the Directors of the Launch Program to arrange whatever medical treatment they deem necessary for him during his stay at the camp. By typing my name below, I certify that I am the parent or legal guardian of the applicant listed.
  • Enrollment: To enroll your son in the program, we must receive your application and a $100 deposit. The remaining balance is due on or before June 1st. If cancellation occurs after June 1st, all payments will be forfeited unless space can be filled from our waiting list. If space is filled, all money, excluding the $100 deposit, will be refunded. Payment should be made by check, payable to the Chestnut Hill Foundation, Inc. Mail all checks to: The Launch Program 481 Hammond Street Chestnut Hill, MA 02467