Sunday, 26 March 2017

Volunteer Day 2017 & World Naked Gardening Day

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 6, 2017

It's also World Naked Gardening Day so expect many of the volunteer activities to follow that theme!

10am to 3pm

  • Everyone is welcome! Lunch will be provided, free of charge, for all volunteers by the Bare Bistro.
  • Jobs vary from light gardening to construction. A little something for every skill level. There will be projects suitable for all abilities and levels of ambition.
  • Annual Members meeting runs downstairs from 4-5:30. Come along and hear what's new this year and have your voice heard.
  • Non-members who volunteer will not be charged any day fees. (please register at the office)

4pm to 5:30pm – 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.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Problem with Some Swingers

What consenting adults do in the privacy of their own home/trailer/tent is generally not our concern. We try to be open-minded and tolerant of the various ways that people choose to live. But when people do things that negatively impact the experience of our visitors and members, we have to get involved.

Because they don't know the reality, the general public assumes that our movement is about sexuality. We have been fighting that assumption for nearly a century. But it persists and it is a key misconception that keeps people away.

When a new visitor comes to Bare Oaks, it is with the expectation that it will be an opportunity to get away from the hyper-sexualization and objectification of mainstream society. Yet they often still maintain some apprehension which makes them very sensitive to any hints that what we claim is not true.

So it only takes one person to speak about their fetish around the campfire or a casual invitation in the hot tub to make a new person very uncomfortable. When they hear it from one person, they start to suspect everyone. Once suspicious, they question everyone's motives and it becomes difficult for them to just relax and enjoy themselves.

It happened a few times last year and there are two couples who are not returning because of it. But the reality may be much higher because those are only the people we have heard about.

What is worse is when people spread false information about Bare Oaks as one deceitful individual did. They posted a recruitment ad on Craigslist. One of our members saw the ad, contacted them, and found out that they advanced some absurd propaganda. (you can read the email here) Certainly there are a few couples at the park who identify as "lifestylers". But most of them are very respectful of our policies.

Our policy, as stated in the Member & Visitor Agreement that everyone gets, is that people:
  • will not partake in any overt sexual behaviour,
  • will not try to recruit or invite anyone for a sexual activity, and
  • will not promote – either internally or externally – any sexual activities at Bare Oaks.
  • will let us know immediately if they witness or experience any of the above.
So if you observe or experience anything that makes you uncomfortable, please report it to the office immediately. We need your help to maintain our authentic naturist environment.