Children and Naturism – Part 1 of 2

Since the beginning, naturism has been a family movement. Because its adherents believed that all of humanity would benefit, it was natural that children should be included. In Germany, a naturist-focused series of schools was even created by Adolf Koch in the early 20th century. (Körperkulturschule Adolf Koch) More recently, a multitude of scholarly research papers in psychology and sociology suggest that children reared in an atmosphere containing family social nudity benefit from the practice. In this episode we discuss this academic aspect with Mark Storey.

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Photo: family having fun on the beach at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park

Episode CXLIV

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Just Naked

In just about a year, Just Naked has gained a tremendous amount of success both in real life and online. Adam Schwietert, one of the founders, tells us how they did it, what they’re doing now, and why they’re doing it.

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Photo: Léa and Adam, Founders of Just Naked

Episode CXVIII

Nude Beginnings

For some people, naturism can be a form of therapy. It can be so transformative that it changes your life. Madeline shares her very personal story of being saved by her experience.

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Photo: Madeline and Stéphane at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park

Episode CXIV

Skeptical to Fanatical

An interview with a new naturist; a young man who approached with skeptical caution to quickly become a passionate advocate of naturism.

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Photo: First Visit to Bare Oaks

Episode CXI

Keeping Youth

We talk to three young people: one who rebelled against naturism when she was a teen; one who stayed as a naturist; and another teenager who is new to naturism.

Why teenagers leave:

  1. The club does not make them feel comfortable (possibly because it isn’t really about true naturist values like acceptance and tolerance of others)
  2. The club does not offer them things to do, peers to hang out with, or opportunities (e.g. jobs!)
  3. Their social circles are at home with their school friends and they want to fit in with them
  4. They want to develop their own identity by differentiating themselves from their parents (rebellion!)
  5. They would rather stay home alone while their parents go to the club (freedom!)

So teenagers leave for a variety of reasons. They always have and they always will. If it’s reasons numbers 3 to 5 there’s not much that can be done. But if a club deals with reasons numbers 1 and 2, then some teens may stay. At Bare Oaks, we have actually had teenagers visiting us on their own because their parents are not there. (reason #4 but reversed) Over the years, we have also had many young people, including teens, work as staff for the summer and they loved it! (like Nicole in this episode of the podcast)

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Photo: Nicole and her sisters by Matthew Hamon

Episode CVII