Friday, 19 October 2012

Bears not bares

A bear was spotted on Wednesday night near the garbage bin. While this is the first confirmed sighting that we know of, we have been told by the Ministry of Natural Resources that they do live in our area. They are rare and generally stay away from people and residences. And we want it to remain that way. In particular, we want to avoid having "smells and treats" that might invite him further into the park (bird feeders, hummingbird feeders, pet food, composting etc.) as bears at this time of year are looking for food before hibernation.

The following link has some great information both about what attracts bears and what to do if you encounter a bear. The MNR will not intervene unless the bear becomes a nuisance, but any sightings should be reported.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Seasonal Water Shutdown

We've already had a few nights below freezing. That means that we need to shut down the seasonal water supply to prevent damage. That impacts all campsites in Beckett Circle and a few connections in Helios Circle.

The shutdown is scheduled for this Friday (October 19th)

We will try to keep the washrooms and showers in Beckett Circle open a bit longer.

If you have a trailer, this is also the time to winterize it otherwise you may experience damage.  If you need someone to winterize your trailer, please contact the office for recommendations.

We will also be closing the pool. But given the weather in the last few weeks, that probably doesn't impact anyone.

But the clubhouse with its hot tub, saunas and fireplaces is open all year and members are most welcome to continue using the property and their trailers throughout the winter.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Halloween Party & Children

There has been a rumour going around that children are not welcome at the Halloween Dinner and Dance. It is the policy of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park that nobody is excluded from any park-sanctioned activity. That includes events organized by volunteer members and approved by the social committee.

With regards to the upcoming Halloween Dinner and Dance, we have spoken to the organizers and they told us that they are not excluding children from attending. In order to emphasize this, they are now offering a half-price ($10) ticket for children 10 and under.

There certainly are events at Bare Oaks that may be better suited for more limited demographics. But whether a child should attend an event is up to the parents to decide. For example, how late a parent allows children to stay at an event is their decision. As well, parents understand that if they bring their children to an event where adults consume alcohol, they could be exposed to language and behaviour that they may have to explain. But any behaviour that is truly inappropriate for children to see is almost certainly unsuitable for Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

It is understandable that adults sometime want to spend time without their children. Of course, there are many places outside of Bare Oaks where people can do that. And at Bare Oaks, members are welcome to hold events at their campsite where they are free to invite (and exclude) anyone they want. But park-sanctioned events will never exclude children because we do not want to preclude parents from attending. (sometimes, parents cannot find child care) As long as parents take responsibility for their children, as they are required to do, it should not impede anyone else's ability to enjoy themselves.