Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Family Weekend

The start of an annual tradition – a weekend of events with an emphasis on family fun!

Activities, challenges, contests, entertainment, crafts, games and all-around fun for kids of all ages.

Family Weekend
July 21-22, 2012

Discounted rates are available for visiting families. (If staying overnight, reservations are strongly recommended.)

Naturism is a family activity that is good for kids: Read about raising Children in Naturism.

Saturday, 19 May 2012


There's a lot of volleyball going on at Bare Oaks. 

Last year was our first year to have regular casual volleyball games on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Then our first tournament of the year was the 5th Annual Greater Toronto Naturist Volleyball Tournaments. That was followed by a mini-tournament held during the FCN Naturist Festival in August. Finally, we added a second tournament – the inaugural Lee Baxandall Memorial Volleyball Tournament championship. (August 26-28, 2011)

This last tournament was created after a Southern-Ontario club decided to stop hosting their popular annual competition and another Toronto-area club that used to have a large championship was sold to private interests. While the need for another tournament in the region was obvious, naming it was initially perplexing. But when we realized that many venerable sporting championships are named after people, the honour was instantly obvious.  The sadness at Lee's premature passing was still fresh in our minds and we were pleased to be able to commemorate him this way.

A perpetual trophy was commissioned that briefly outlines his accomplishment. It reads: 
Lee Baxandall (1935-2008) 
Lee Baxandall began his work as a naturist activist in the early 1970's. With a background in writing and publishing, Lee’s naturist passion led him in 1976 to form the Free Beaches Documentation Center, which he located in his hometown of Oshkosh. By 1980, Lee had founded The Naturist Society (TNS), and TNS had presented its first Gathering for naturists. ‘Clothed with the Sun,’ the flagship publication of TNS in its early years, was renamed ‘Nude & Natural,’ or more simply, ‘N’ magazine in 1989. 

Lee was also the initiating force behind other familiar naturist organizations. In 1983, it was a Baxandall idea that led to the TNS special interest group that would become Gay Naturists International. In 1990, Baxandall jump-started the Naturist Action Committee as an adjunct to TNS. The Naturist Education Foundation followed in 1993. 
For the decades of the 1980s and 1990s, ‘Lee Baxandall’s World Guide to Nude Beaches and Resorts’ was the standard companion for those seeking information on naturist destinations throughout the world. Each edition of the World Guide reflected Lee’s naturist philosophy, not only for growing numbers of naturists, but also for the benefit of an expanding mainstream audience.

Six teams competed for the Baxandall Trophy and had a great time playing. But only one group could reach the top. The winning team was called "Naked Ice" and featured Chris, Derek, Janice, Jim, Kevin, and Weldon. Each one received a 2011 medal and their names were the first ones engraved on the Baxandall Trophy which is displayed in the Bare Oaks office. Fifty years from now, the trophy will be much larger because of all the winning teams but they will always be there as the pioneers of the tournament.

Volleyball continues in 2012 with 2pm games on Saturday and Sundays. The games are casual but serious competition will happen at the 6th Annual Greater Toronto Naturist Volleyball Tournaments (June 29 - July 1) and the second Lee Baxandall Memorial Volleyball Tournament (Aug. 17 - 19) 

You can also find out about other tournaments at:

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Now OPEN: Pool, Restaurant and Volleyball

Yesterday, the York Region Department of Health Inspector gave us the green light to announce that the pool is open!!

The picture shows the first people to jump into the pool this year. But the water was cold. While the sun is shining on the solar heaters, it is a slow process. So we will be giving them a bit of a boost with the propane heater in time for the weekend. The weather forecast predicts temperatures as high as 29ÂșC!

The Bare Bistro is back to summer hours so you can have a drink or a meal any day. Go to the restaurant's website for hours and other details

Also, regular volleyball games are back every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to join in!  Don't know how to play?  That's OK, the volleyball aficionados will happily teach you.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Cambium Presentation Saturday

This coming Saturday (Victoria Day long weekend) there will be a presentation on Cambium, a new naturist village being developed on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The presentation will be held in the New Forest Room (downstairs in the clubhouse) at 5pm.

Here's the description provided by the representative:
An evening of Discovery.  Join us for an informative session about a new naturist development in the Dominican Republic.  Cambium representative, Samantha Gruen, will be at Bare Oaks on Saturday, May 19th @ 5:00pm to delight you with news about Cambium and some great purchasing opportunities.

Please note that this presentation is being done by an independent organization and has no connection to Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. The fact that it is being presented at the park should not be interpreted to be an endorsement in any way. If you are interested, it is up to you to ask the tough questions and make your own decision.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

20/20 Report on "Extreme Parenting"

Why does the 20/20 interviewer assume that there's something wrong with children being nude or seeing their parents nude? As we know, being ourselves is natural.

Instead of searching for experts who can tell you how wrong it is, why not look for research on the topic? There are a multitude of scholarly research studies on this topic in psychology and sociology that have shown that children raised with social nudity benefit from the practice.

Instead of assuming that children in a naturist environment are somehow at risk, why not consider the facts first? Clearly keeping kids dressed doesn't prevent abuse. Naturist environments tend to have stronger feelings of community than "normal" society. It is a group and family activity, which means that children are rarely left alone and vulnerable. Individuals with bad intentions within naturist environments are generally easier to identify. But most importantly, children raised as naturists tend to be more self-confident and not ashamed of their bodies. That means they are much more likely to say no and tell their parents when someone does things to them that they don't like. Doesn't that sound like a healthier way to raise children? It may seem like "extreme parenting" but naturists believe that it is actually the most normal way to be.

I realize that the topic causes people to react instinctively and emotionally instead of rationally. But I would expect a reporter to be able to get beyond that.

The Bare Oaks website has an entire page devoted to the topic of children in naturism. It contains answers to all the above questions and more:

Note: If the embedded video above doesn't work, you can view the 20/20 episode here:

Friday, 4 May 2012

Showers are OPEN

The renovated showers/washroom/sauna area is finally done!!  That took a lot longer than we ever anticipated (nearly 2 months) but the resulting change is quite dramatic! The new showers feature both a rain head and a handheld. And unlike the old ones, this new shower area is bright, open and barrier-free. It's been designed with everyone in mind. From the handgrips for older folks to the low handheld holder that makes it easier to wash down the kids. Come by this weekend and enjoy!

And a reminder that tomorrow (Saturday) is Volunteer Day. Everyone is welcome! Lunch is provided, free of charge, for all volunteers. There are projects suitable for all abilities and levels of ambition. Non-members who volunteer will not be charged any day fees. (please register at the office)