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Nudist Youth Camps

Here's some background info: White Tail Park, a nudist/naturist resort in Virginia, had plans for a summer camp for children ages 11 to 18. The camp and the event are wholesome, structured, and well supervised. In all reality it was to be a summer camp no different from any other summer camp with the exception that nobody would be wearing any clothing. The children to attend come from naturist families and are quite accustomed to nudist gatherings. The camp counselor to child ratio is about 2 to 1, far higher than a standard camp. The counselor staff is made up of parents and carefully screened volunteers. Everybody goes through extensive background checks to ensure there are no pedophiles or sexual predators attending. The security and screening is far more thorough at these camps than textile (non-nude) summer camps and youth events.

Just like regular resort rules, the camp does not allow any kind of lewd, offensive, or sexual behavior. Also, due to being raised as nudists without body shame and being used to normal club conduct, the children are well aware of what kind of improper behavior to look out for and to alert the staff if there is any sign of a sex offender. In the 14 years that youth nudist summer camps have taken place at this and other locations, there has never once been any kind of problem as far as pedophiles or sexual predators getting in. Parents are not required to attend and, like regular summer camps, most don't. The camp is mixed-gender, and boys and girls alike have been quoted at commenting on how great the camp is and how everybody is treated equally without the 'clique' groups that shun others, as observed in textile camps.

Despite the safety of these camps, legislation was very rapidly pushed through the Virginia government to require all children attending these nudist youth camps to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (including grandparents), effectively banning camps that do not have parents in attendance. People in favor of this sudden law argue that the risk of predators is too high to not require parents, and that with parents being there it will greatly reduce that risk. People against this law say that the statistics show there has never been a problem at these camps before, the camps are far more safe than non-nudist camps, that parents being there will make no difference in what little risk may exist, and that requiring a parent or guardian to attend will put too much burden on the parents to schedule time to attend or find a relative or guardian to go with their children.

Nudists also argue that this law is just another attempt by the government to control how parents raise their children, and it infringes on their rights to raise their children as they see fit. People for the law counter-argue by saying it does not infringe on the parents' rights because they are still free to take their children to these camps and raise them in nudist families. Most of the people supporting the law are conservative religious groups. In the legislature, the whole matter was dealt with very lightly and with lots of jokes. No research was done on the matter; nobody visited a camp to see what it's really like. The main lawmaker who pushed the bill forward was reported that he "heard about the camp and talked to some people," the extent of his research. Another lawmaker later said that the whole thing was a joke, and that in retrospect he would have voted against the law if he'd known more about it. [By the way, because of all the outside pressures, White Tail Park cancelled the camp and moved it to an undisclosed location in another state.] What do you think about this?
Should there have been legislative action against youth nudist camps?
Yes, the youth camps should be banned altogether as long as there is nudity
Yes, parents should be required to accompany their children as the new law says
Yes, but the law should be modeled on what camps already do to set a standard
Yes--other reason (feel free to post your reasons)
No, the laws should not be made to impose on parental rights in this way
No, the law was pushed through too quickly and with too little research/debate
No, the legislators were being driven by religious groups; it's unconstitutional
No--other reason (feel free to post your reasons)
It doesn't matter; the parents still have the rights to take their kids there
Laws should be made to protect parents' rights in matters like this
I don't care/it doesn't affect me
As a parent, or if you were a parent, do you feel a law like this would infringe on your parental rights to raise your children as you see fit?
Yes
No
Maybe
I don't care/it doesn't affect me
Do you want to see a law like this passed in your state?
Yes
No
Yes--I live in Virginia
No--I live in Virginia
I don't care/it doesn't affect me
As a parent, or if you were a parent, would you send your children to a nudist youth camp?
Parent--Yes; we're nudists/naturists and I already do send them to nudist camps
Parent--Yes; we're nudists and I would send them to nudist camps, if available
Parent--Yes; we're not nudists but I would send them to nude youth camp
Parent--Maybe; we're not nudists but I would think about it
Parent--No; we're not nudists and I would not send my kids there
Parent--No; I would not send my kids to any summer camp
Non-parent--Yes; we're nudists/naturists and I would send my kids if I had them
Non-parent--Yes; we're not nudists but I would send my kids if I had them
Non-parent--Maybe; we're not nudists but I would think about it if I had kids
Non-parent--No; we're not nudists and I would not send my kids if I had them
Non-parent--No; I would not send my kids to any summer camp
What do you think of the safety of nudist youth summer camps?
They are more safe than textile camps with the better security and more staff
They are just as safe as textile camps
They are just as unsafe as textile camps
They are more dangerous than textile camps; the risk of pedophiles is higher
What do you think of the fairness and equality of this type of legislation?
This type of legislation is fine as it is; I think it's already fair
They should not legislate nudist camps if they aren't doing it with other camps
There should be similar laws for all camps (nude, textile, religious, etc.)
There should be laws like this for all places with kids (school, church, etc.)
Let's see them make parents accompany their kids all the time, for 'protection'
With no past problems, nudist youth camps should not have laws directing them
With many past problems, other types of camps should be the ones getting laws
Other opinion or response
I don't know, or no response
Here's a wrench to be tossed into the lawmaking gears: Also in Virginia, a 17-year old, a 15-year-old, and two 12-year-olds are being charged with physically and sexually assaulting children (younger than the 12-year-olds) at a church-run summer camp held at the Northern Virginia Baptist Center. The report I read says investigators think 3 boys were assaulted while others watched. How does the knowledge of this incident alter your feelings about nudist summer camps and the laws made about them?
I was in favor of the new law, but now I'm in favor of the camp and not the law
I was in favor of the new law, and now I'm even more in favor of the law
I was in favor of the new law and my feelings haven't changed with this news
I was against the new law, but now I'm more in favor of the law and not the camp
I was against the new law, and now I'm even more against the law
I was against the new law and my feelings haven't changed with this news
I doubt the lawmakers will say anything about this, since it's a 'bible' camp
I think the lawmakers will address this incident like they did the nudist camp
They should immediately pass a law requiring parents to attend bible camps too
They should remove the nudist camp law and place it on the bible camps
They should remove the nudist camp law and place it on all non-nudist camps
They should ban religion-based camps
They should ban all youth camps, nudist and non-nudist
Parents should be required to accompany their children at all times
Other opinion in favor of nudist youth camps/against laws regarding them
Other opinion against nudist youth camps/in favor of laws regarding them
Other opinion in favor of religion-based textile camps
Other opinion against religion-based textile camps
I don't know/no opinion
This poll was created on 2004-08-20 21:50:58 by Skyfox