About Sebago Leadership Camp

Sebago Leadership Camp helps boys in grades five through eight advance in the qualities essential to any man of character: a strong faith, a spirit of service, a commitment to excellence. Our campers learn about what it takes to be a leader and to grow in maturity in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

The camp is sponsored by Sebago Leadership Camp, Inc. The spiritual activities of the camp are entrusted to Opus Dei, a Personal Prelature of the Roman Catholic Church. To learn about other programs for young men, please visit the Chestnut Hill Center website at chestnuthillcenter.org.

Camp Staff

John Paul Lechner

Camp Director

John Paul Lechner teaches at Sparhawk Academy, a new school for boys in grades 3 through 8. Before moving to Boston, he worked at The Heights School, where he taught mainly English, Latin, and Spanish in the 7th grade and mentored scores of boys in his nine years there. He enjoys his newfound adventures in gardening and tending chickens.

Mathieu Ronayne

Camp Staff

Mathieu Ronayne has been involved in the camp for a number of years, starting with being a Sebago camp counselor when he was in high school. He now studies Philosophy and Political Science at Boston College.

Raymond Le Grand

Camp Staff

Raymond Le Grand has been involved in the camp since 2015 as a teacher and mentor. He now leads the Launch program for entering high school freshmen. He also serves as the Director of Admissions and math/science teacher for Sparhawk Academy.

Fr. John Grieco

Spiritual Director

Fr. John Grieco is a priest of Opus Dei and lives in Newton, MA. We are happy to have him returning as our Chaplain. He enjoys music and makes a mean stromboli.

Dr. John Barravecchio

Camp Staff

Dr. John Barravecchio practices Internal Medicine in Hyde Park and once again will join us as our camp doctor.


The founders began the camp in the summer of 2005 as a way to help prepare boys to become leaders and serve society. They are professional men who have many years of experience running character-building activities.

Dave Reilly

Dave is the father of seven. Dave and his wife make their home in Medfield, MA. He enjoys spending time with his family as well as golfing and cycling.

Jim St. Thomas

Jim is the father of four and lives in Cumberland, RI. He is a Senior Vice President Commercial Banking at Santander Bank, based in Providence. Jim enjoys exercising, golf, and working on home improvements.

Bob Sylvain

Bob lives in Newton and served as the day-to-day director of the Sebago Leadership Camp for fourteen years before passing on the torch to the next generation. He helped start Sparhawk Academy, an independent school for boys in grades 3 through 8, and now serves as its first head of school. He enjoys playing the banjo and guitar.