Camp Laura

The Countdown to LauraPalooza 2015 has begun. Before we pack our bags and head to South Dakota for a weekend of education, celebration and fun, some of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy & Research Association board members are taking a look back—or forward—at some of the good times you can expect.


A major life event occurred for me between Laurapalooza 2010 and 2012. I adopted three children. (This would explain why you don’t hear much from me these days!)

What this meant for Laurapalooza is that the dream of a children’s camp I had for 2010 suddenly needed to become a reality if I even hoped to attend! And because I spent so much of Laurapalooza 2012 with our young campers, camp is the memory that first springs to mind when I think of Laurapalooza.

Camp Laura was every little Laura-lover’s dream come true. In the spirit of our conference theme, “What Would Laura Do?” our little girls learned to cook and sew and play pioneer games.

Barbara Walker gives cooking lessons.

Where else could a young Laura devotee bake heart-shaped cakes with Barbara Walker, author of the Little House Cookbook, or learn of pioneer life from historian and biographer William Anderson?


"Look at the country girls!" Nellie (Alison Arngrim) sneers.

Where else could little girls act out scenes from On the Banks of Plum Creek with Alison Arngrim herself, who played Nellie Oleson in the popular television series, and listen to stories from Laura’s own cousin, Beth Ingalls-Leisses?

I think the many adults who participated in helping the children with various activities enjoyed it as much as the children did. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Or was it? Will Laurapalooza 2015 also feature a Camp Laura? Help us decide. If Camp Laura is offered in Brookings, do you plan to bring your elementary-aged children?

Rebecca Brammer is a board member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. To learn more about LauraPalooza 2015 click here. We’ll see you in Brookings!

Posted in Uncategorized
9 comments on “Camp Laura
  1. Julie Welch says:

    I would bring my daughter. She will be 8 by 2015.

  2. Beth Conners says:

    Yes! Absolutely!! Anne has been asking when is the next LauraPalooza since we came home from the last one. 🙂 It really was such a wonderful and unique experience. -beth

  3. Julie Hahnke says:

    I’m not sure if I will make it (although the blog posts are really enticing me to go). If I came, I would likely bring my daughter and one of my sons (who is actually the bigger fan of the books right now).

  4. Julie Hahnke says:

    I’m not sure yet if I will be able to come. However, if I did, I would likely bring my daughter and one of my sons (who is the bigger fan of the books right now).

  5. maggie says:

    Those three kids are adorable in their pioneer outfits. Are they yours?

  6. Rebecca Brammer says:

    Yes, they are, thank you. 🙂

  7. Julie Miller says:

    I am planning to bring our son, who will be 6 1/2. A little “Almanzo” for the group – any other “Almanzos”?

  8. Rachel Andrew says:

    This sounds like a wonderful idea! Me and my daughter are just finishing These Happy Golden Years, and we are planning a Laura tour next summer. I would absolutely bring her to the camp, it would be a dream come true for her.

  9. Gina Parsons says:

    If I attend Laurapalooza 2015, I definitely will bring my (now) 8-year-old daughter. Sounds like would be fun for her.