Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Boot Camp Comes to Bare Oaks

Be your own best friend with this unique opportunity to train like the ancient Greeks at Bare Oaks' own Summer Boot Camp!  It's the perfect compliment to yoga and aquafit. Naturism is all about a healthy mind in a healthy body!

Your Boot Camp instructor is Margaret, a Bare Oaks member and a certified Canfit Pro Personal Trainer specializing in running and cardio-strength training. She is also a certified swimming instructor/lifeguard and trained in both CPR and First Aid. (hopefully you won't need the latter)

Boot Camp classes will consist of outdoor exercise circuits for up to 12 participants. For one hour, you will sweat through cardio drills, kettlebell swings, and weightlifting reps while Margaret encourages you with personalized tips. Ropes, resistance bands, and TRX suspension cables all play a role in this exciting and challenging class!

Classes start with an introduction on Monday July 2nd at 1pm. (a holiday for most) After that, they will meet on Tuesdays and Thursday at 6:20pm (except for the week of July 23rd) on the lawn in front of the Bare Bistro. (if you miss the intro or the first classes, you can still join in anytime) The class will start with a review of the new exercises and the workout begins at 6:30pm sharp! The cost for each session is $10/person. If you sign up for at least 8 sessions in advance, you will also receive a half hour of personal training with Margaret.

What do you need to bring?  Please bring a small hand towel to use with some of the equipment and to wipe your brow! You will also need to bring a 1L container of water or electrolyte drink with you to keep hydrated. Bring a yoga mat or large towel as you will finish each class with a cool down and stretches that are more comfortable if you use some sort of mat.


  • July: 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 31
  • August: 2, 7, 14, 16 

Because the sessions are limited to 12 participants, please sign up with the office in advance to ensure that you get a spot.

The first time you participate, you will have to fill out the health form. (You can download it and fill it out ahead of time)

Friday, 22 June 2012

Recent media coverage (or is it media exposure?)

Robert, a Bare Oaks member, suggested that we do a media release during this week's heat wave. So we sent out the following by email:
Nudity: The natural way to deal with the heat
The human body is very capable of handling this heat wave that Southern Ontario is experiencing. But the key is to remove all clothing so that the skin can do its job. Even a bathing suit or a pair of shorts will impede the body's ability to dissapate heat by confusing their thermoregulatory systems. In fact, most people's natural ability to control body temperature is dormant because we spend all our time clothed in temperature-controlled environments. But that system can be reactivated if people begin to spend more time completely nude in varied temperatures.
During this heat wave, Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park is welcoming first-time visitors between 10am and 4pm at no charge. Not only will they be much more comfortable nude, taking a quick dip in the pool or the lake is just a matter of stepping in.
Of course, naturism is much more than just taking your clothes off. It is a life philosophy with physical, psychological, environmental, social and moral benefits. But with weather like this, the physical comfort benefits are most obvious!

We only know the results if people tell us. But we did hear that it ran on radio stations CHAY and 680 News.

On CITY-TV's Breakfast Television, Kevin Frankish and Dina Pugliese did a segment yesterday morning.

There is also an article in today's Toronto Star by Tim Alamenciak with a photo gallery online by Steve Russell.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Defibrillator Training

As many of you have undoubtedly noticed, we now have two defibrillators – one outside the office and one at the shower building in Beckett Circle.  This is all thanks for the incredible fundraising efforts of our members. While we hope they never need to be used, if they are, they just might save a life!

If you are interested in learning how to use them (anyone can do it) there will be a training session next to the Beckett Circle Fire Pit on Sunday (June 24th) from 10:00 am to 10:30 am. If you can't make it, there is a training DVD available that you can watch. Just ask at the office. There is also an online Flash demo here.

The AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) that we selected is the Philips HeartStart OnSite (HS1) Defibrillator. A lot of research was done on selecting the right one including consultations with York Region EMS.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Visitor Fees

It used to be that visits to a naturist club were limited. (typically 3 times) After that, you had to take out a membership or you were not allowed to visit anymore. That policy continues in many clubs today. But at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park, we don't limit the number of visits. We prefer to let people make their own choices. It's the same reason that nobody is forced to join a naturist organization. We offer a generous discount to members of naturist associations because we think that their role is important and we want to support their work. But membership in those associations, like membership at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park, is voluntary.

Clearly that has been a popular option since we had over 1,500 day visits by non-members last year and the majority were repeat visits. But when we analyzed our costs, we realized that expenses are disproportionally paid by members. So as we announced in the May membership meeting, the day visit fee will be increasing to $48.67+HST ($55) effective June 28th. That's still a great deal when comparing it to a round of golf and other attractions in southern Ontario.

But we also want to encourage trial. So we are now making coupons available in a number of places for a free first visit. Those coupons will only be valid during the key summer season since that is the best time for a first visit to Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

After their initial free stay, visitors have the option to take out a year-round membership or continue paying day fees each time they come. But membership at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park does have it's privileges:

  • Save time: no registration required, permanent parking pass
  • Save money: unlimited use all year round
  • Save more money: free use of mini-golf, boats, umbrellas, darts, etc..
  • Convenience: come for just an hour if you want (a quick swim, hot tub or sauna)
  • Greater access: 24/7, every day, all year round
  • Inexpensive overnight stays: camping as low as $5/night
  • Charge account: no need to carry money - charge meals and store purchases on account

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Clothing Drive

Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park is hosting a clothing drive Saturday, June 9th from 10am to 1pm. We heard there was a need for various items at local shelters and, with the community spirit that is Bare Oaks, we decided to rise to the call. Items collected on Saturday will go to one of three places: Yellow Brick House, Blue Door Shelter, or to the Goodwill.

The Yellow Brick House and Blue Door Shelter are looking for new clothing, shoes, steel toe work boots, blankets, and towels. They are also seeking certain items to maintain operations such as liquid soap, diapers, and kids lunch snacks.

Yellow Brick House provides four core services for all:  emergency shelter, transitional housing, outreach services and public education. The two emergency shelters offer safes place for women and children fleeing their abusive relationships. Reta’s Place, their transitional housing facility, provides housing units to women and children transitioning from the emergency shelter to living independently.

Blue Door Shelters, located in York Region, provides safe, supportive shelter and services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They operate three, no-fee, emergency shelters for families, men and youth.

Each shelter provides: help to find permanent housing, accommodation and food, supportive counselling, referral to community services, life skills learning opportunities, and 24/7 accessibility.

The rest of the clean reusable items dropped-off at Bare Oaks will go to Goodwill. They use their revenue to fund their core mission: creating work opportunities for people facing barriers to employment, including persons with disabilities, youth at risk, the chronically unemployed, aboriginal people and newcomers to Canada.

The members of Bare Oaks are cleaning out their closets and will be donating what clothing they do have (we do have to come out for groceries every now and again!) to these community based organizations. Care to unclutter your closets and help the community at the same time? Then drop by Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park on Saturday, June 9th between 10am and 1pm. There will be volunteers ready to collect your donations at our designated tables on the front lawn.