Friday, 25 April 2014

Volunteer Day – Saturday May 3

Naturist Volunteers

It's time again for our annual volunteer day. While there are many people volunteering all year, this is the day we set aside for a massive volunteer effort to get things ready for the season. We are told that it is also a fun day that many people look forward to. A big thank you to the multitude of people willing to give up their time to make Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park a better place.

Volunteer Day -  Saturday May 3, 2014

10am to 3pm

  • Everyone is welcome! Lunch will be provided, free of charge, for all volunteers.
  • There will be 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)

4pm to 6pm – Members' Meeting

All members are invited to come and get an update on what's happening at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and ask questions.




Thursday, 10 April 2014

Nude Geocaching at Bare Oaks

Geocaching clothing free

Bare Oaks has its own geocache! (since last year actually)

The location of the cache was the subject of debate. While having one near the road would make it accessible to more people, we decided that be more interesting to have one deep inside the park. That would provide the greatest challenge given the nudity requirement if they came during warm weather.

A policy was instituted that seekers of the cache receive a complimentary pass when they tell the office that they are there to find the geocache. They would have to show photo ID and register like any visitor but no fee would be required. (it's not cool to setup a cache just to generate admission revenue)

However, it ended up creating a whole bunch of trouble. Groundspeak Inc., the corporation that owns the most popular website known as geocaching.com refused to allow the cache because of the nudity requirement. A geocache you can do nudeWe got into a big argument that many other locations have regulations and that ours could be avoided by coming during cold weather. But they wouldn't budge. Each time we successfully dismissed their argument they came up with a new one. Ultimately, they probably decided that they were uncomfortable with the nudity aspect in general and were just trying to find a way to apply their existing regulations to refuse the cache. It's strange because Geocaching.com is full of discussions about nude geocachers.

So we listed the cache in OpenCaching.us instead. The cache is called "Barely Hidden" (#OU0652). It was logged for the first time last July.

Blake setup the geocache. If you have any questions, suggestions, or if there is a problem with the cache, please feel free to contact him at: geocache@BareOaks.ca


Friday, 4 April 2014

Hot Tub Update #3


The replacement heater is on a truck coming from California. Depending on how co-operative Canadian Customs are, it should be here either Monday or Tuesday. The installers have been scheduled accordingly and we plan to have the hot tub back in operation for next weekend. (April 12th)

As mentioned in our previous updates, we had to order a brand new replacement heater because Jandy, the manufacturer of our current heating unit, is no longer supporting what they consider to be an outdated model. (we purchased it new just 4 years ago) We did a lot of searching but we had to accept that some of the replacement parts we needed we not available. We therefore had no other choice but to order a brand new replacement heater. The type we needed (it’s a very big hot tub) was not in stock and had to be manufactured for us.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience. We appreciate the patience, sympathy, and support that we have received from several of the members as we have gone through this unexpected and expensive undertaking.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Management changes


Karen has decided not to return for the 2014 season. After 5 years of dedicated service as the park manager, she felt that it was time to try something different. Since 2009, Karen has been a tireless supporter of the park. She survived many challenges during those years and lived through an enormous amount of change. We are very thankful for her consistent dedication, infinite enthusiasm, boundless energy and tenacious efforts. But she’s not leaving the park. She remains a passionate member so we will continue to benefit from her cheerful disposition and warm heart.

Nikki has agreed to take on the role of Operations Manager. It is great to see how much her skills have developed in the more than 6 years she has worked here. She was our first summer student in 2008. When she was featured in a Toronto Star article about working at Bare Oaks, her other employer expressed concern. But she decided that naturism was the right way and, fortunately for us, opted for working at Bare Oaks full-time during that summer. Naturism became a fierce passion of hers. She returned for successive seasons and, after she graduated, even worked part-time during the winter season. With each subsequent year, Nikki has accepted increased responsibilities with enthusiasm and grasped every opportunity to go beyond the tasks assigned to her. But it is in her people skills that she has really excelled. That's probably why Nikki has become such a popular yoga instructor. No need to worry, she's not giving that up!