Girl's and Women's Programs

The programs at Petawa are designed for youth, high school, college/graduate and adult women. They help women of all faiths and creeds discover how professional work, family life, and the ordinary events of each day are opportunities positively impacting their lives and the lives of those they encounter. Click below to learn more.

High School

Youth Programs

Petawa offers a variety of clubs for girls in grades K5-8, plus Camp Tuck Leadership Camp.  Petawa's youth programs promote friendship, leadership, personal growth, and fun!​

Clubs for Girls

Clubs offer engaging leadership, service and craft activities to inspire girls to develop their talents and passions in a supportive setting. Moms and high school and college students who have attended programs sponsored by Petawa lead the clubs and give talks on virtues and character development. Club girls become friends and leaders who know how to infuse confidence and compassionate service into every aspect of their lives. 

Clubs are offered for girls in grades K5 - 8th grade at a variety of locations.


Click here for information on grade levels, club locations, and contact information.

Camp Tuck

Petawa’s Camp Tuck and Tiny Tuck Leadership Camps are fun-filled summer camps for girls entering grades 6-8 (overnight) and 3-6 (Tiny Tuck Day Camp). The specific aim of the camps is to encourage and develop the virtues necessary for becoming a positive influence on family, friends and society. Inspired by the Christian understanding of the person, the program teaches the virtues of cheerfulness, generosity and diligence, encouraging genuine femininity while helping each girl to be an authentic leader serving others.

Both Camp Tuck and Tiny Tuck are unique one-week programs of character building, sports, recreation and the arts. In an environment of trust and adventure, it offers a well-rounded, well-organized, fast paced curriculum and the personal attention of a dedicated staff.

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High School Programs

Petawa offers a number of programs for high school girls that promote service, friendships, leadership, and personal growth. ​

Venture Leadership Program

Leadership program designed to equip young women in grades 8 - 12 with the tools to grow intellectually and morally. Through professional seminars, personal mentoring, and the Venture Out Initiatives, Venture helps young women understand what it means to be a woman and how to venture out of their comfort zones to live for others.

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High School Retreats

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Christian Living Classes

Weekly classes that focus on building relationship with Christ. Contact for more information.

Movie & Pizza Nights

High school girls enjoy friendship over pizza, engage in a talk given by the facilitators about living a virtue in their daily lives, and then watch a movie together.


To learn more, email Liz Noack at or Beth Griffin at or call 262-337-2977.​

Camp Counselor

Counselor-in-Training or Counselor at Petawa’s Camp Tuck Leadership Summer Camp. 

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College Programs

Petawa offers a number of programs geared toward college women, including social events, day trips, faith formation, continuing education, and retreats. For more information on Petawa programming and events for college women, contact Sheila Hamill at 262-923-0564 or email

Christian Living Classes

Mondays at 7:15pm at Petawa. Contact for more information. 

College Retreats

Retreats specifically geared towards college women are available at the  Shellbourne Conference Center, Valpariso, IN.  

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Adult Programs

Petawa offers a series of adult programs and social events. These include a Mothers' Exchange where we talk about home management, discipline, cooking tips, fostering family time, and more; a Book Club where we discuss great works of literature, both classic and contemporary; holiday celebrations, luncheons, speaker series, spiritual development and faith formation, and retreats.  There's something for everyone. Join us!

Petawa Speaker Series

Our Speaker Series is for women of all ages and stages of life open to learning more about culture in all its aspects.  This season’s Speaker Series will be held Thursday evenings. All are welcome to attend. Registration is encouraged.

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Art of Living for Women Series

The Art of Living for Women offers seminars for women of all ages and stages of life open to learning more about culture in all its aspects. These seminars focus on the art of creating a home that fosters human flourishing.

Their modular curriculum combines classes, demonstrations and hands-on experiences, giving women the skills they need to care for their family with confidence and artistry.

Art of Living for Women seminars are founded on the dignity of the person, marriage and family, and embrace all women regardless of religious, racial, ethnic or economic status. Our mission is to promote the true value and dignity of the work in the home through in-person and in-home coaching and instruction.
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Spiritual Development

Faith Formation

Petawa offers faith formation classes to help you explore and deepen your experience of faith, grow in your relationship with God, and integrate your faith more fully and joyfully into your life.  Classes include Philosophy, Theology and Catechetical studies.


Petawa offers weekend and midweek retreats for adult and professional women at Wynncliff Conference Center in Cleveland, WI.  Retreats are also available at the Shellbourne Conference Center in Valpariso, IN.

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Recollections for Women

Join us for spiritual contemplation and recollection at several Milwaukee-area churches and chapels.  Recollections are available at different days and times for your convenience.
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Priests of the personal Prelature of Opus Dei are available for the sacrament of Confession and spiritual guidance at additional times and locations.

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For more information, call 414-276-1329 or email

Petawa's Policy for Activities with Minors

Petawa Residence and Cultural Center is dedicated to providing a safe educational environment for those who participate in its activities, especially all minors. It does not tolerate any sexual or physical abuse on the part of staff, volunteers, or participants, including behavior that is objectively intimidating, either physically or verbally. Also, staff and volunteers do not provide any illegal substances to the students nor permit their use. Every adult staff or volunteer submits to a background check and commits to follow a set of behavioral guidelines (see here). If you are aware of any abusive behavior, please report it immediately to the Director of Petawa. The Director of the Center in conjunction with the Petawa’s Board will promptly investigate and resolve any such complaints or reports. When necessary the Director will inform the Directors of the Prelature of Opus Dei.