Writer Mark Oppenheimer shares his childhood memories of his month-long stay at a nudist summer camp run by Quakers. Good clean competition, hairy or otherwise, is a part of summer fun for children attending sleep-away camp. But in the middle of August, camps across the nation are closing their activities, kids say goodbye to new friends and first loves and their daily dose of Capture the Flag. Most children are sad to leave, but there are some who cannot wait to get back home, and that was the case for writer Mark Oppenheimer. When I was eight years old, in , my parents sent me off to a nudist camp; not a camp for adults who voluntarily chose nudism as a lifestyle, but a summer camp for young boys where nudity was encouraged. At Timberlake, nestled in the woodlands of Vermont, boys swam in the nude, slept in the nude, even played Whiffle ball in the nude. I think my parents sent me to Timberlake because the camp had been founded by Quakers. I had spent a lot of time that year watching Michael J. Fox play the young right-winger Alex P.
Skip to content. Quick links. Board index S2k Extra Off Topic. Nudist Summer Camp For Kids!!! Chat about anything and everything White Tail, a nudist park in southeastern Virginia's Southampton County, opens its first summer camp for the to age group Saturday - only the third such au naturel camp for juveniles in the nation, according to the American Association of Nude Recreation.
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The Schuttaufs have enjoyed nude recreational activities as a family for years. Now that their two girls are getting older, they say there is a possibility that they'll send them off to a kids' nudist camp on their own. Erich Schuttauf, executive director of the American Association for Nude Recreation, says he believes that being nude helps build kids' self-esteem and confidence. Erich's wife Georgie, a stay-at-home mom who home schools her children, says being nude has increased her confidence and has made her feel comfortable in her own skin. The Schuttaufs say a week-long nudist summer camp in Tampa, which admits kids ages 11 to 18, will give the campers an extremely natural and positive experience.
On the third-to-last day of summer camp, the temperature has risen to 98 degrees, and even the troupers have begun to whine. Halie Nelson, 14, agreed, ''Yeah, I'd rather get all the clothes off, and keep all the clothes off. Here at the Youth Leadership Camp run by the American Association for Nude Recreation, the dress code for regular volleyball -- and for the pudding toss, mini-golf and campfire sing-alongs -- is the same as it is for skinny dipping. Basking in what nudist organizations say is a growing interest in nude recreation, the association has begun a nationwide expansion of summer camps for nudists age 11 to The first began here 10 years ago, in a county north of Tampa known for its concentration of nudist resorts.