Nude beaches have long been the preferred spot for many young people who desire to swim and sunbathe nude. They are cheap, open to the public, and require no commitment. What if you don’t live near any beaches or want to go somewhere else? Well there are clubs and resorts, given that they are close enough, within your budget, and perhaps most importantly, have other people there around your age.
We want all nude and clothing-optional places to thrive, be used as much as possible, and be accessible to everyone, including the 18-35 generation that we are working to engage. Last summer we organized two successful young naturist gatherings at Rock Lodge Club, and now good news for this summer! Rock Lodge just announced new rates for the upcoming season starting April 28th, 2012. (Though with these record high temps, that may not be soon enough
They are the first club in NJ to have lower rates for young adults!
Young Adult (18-34) Full membership: $250 (including tax) per person (= $500 couple)
Young Adult (18-34) Daily fees: $25 per couple, $15 per single
This is a great thing for young people and nudism / naturism itself. The lack of young people in nudism is a topic that went a bit viral last year after it was reported on by the WSJ, then Failure Magazine, BlissTree and many others. AANR and TNS have been losing membership, and it seems like most nudists are over 45. So the general misconception out there is that the movement is under threat of extinction. From what we’ve seen, I don’t think there are less 18-35 year olds getting naked. They generally just prefer the beach and other places over clubs and resorts.
The average age at many nudist clubs and resorts is 50+. Some (most?) places want to change this, some might just be happy with an older crowd, and some may be depending on attracting younger people for survival. We witnessed a club last summer whose members were literally dying off. They have now sadly become a textile family campground. We’ll miss you, Bonita
For clubs who do want a younger demographic, creating lower rates is a good start! Young adults these days are struggling to find a decent job and career, making less money and often burdened with hefty student loans to pay off. Eek. Special low rates are one way to appeal to them. As we build our community, we hope to do future events and gatherings for young people that will also support all the many clubs and resorts.
This summer we will once again have two weekend gatherings at Rock Lodge, so mark your calendars! The weekend of July 14-15th and August 18-19th. On July 14th we can also participate in AANR’s national body painting event / competition
About the Author (Author Profile)Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co-founder of Young Naturists America.
Bernard, I think of it as the opposite..Young people who can't visit nudist clubs / resorts because they don't have the financial means..Well aren't those single high rates discriminatory then? That only the people of higher income can afford? I am over $60,000 in debt from college loans, as are a sadly large percentage of people my age. Who's got much money to spare for leisure activity? It's not just about getting more young people interested because some already are interested, but can't afford to visit often or at all, let alone get a full membership. I see the goal as making nudism more accessible to more people who couldn't otherwise afford to participate.
Well put. I'm not that young, but I'm less than 35 so this is a definite incentive to go to the Rock Lodge. On a side note, I would like to throw this idea out there, how come there is not universal sign for nudists? Something that can be put on a bumper that will become the symbol for the naturist movement. I would like to see someone put this to a challenge to come up with something that will let other naturists know that they are not alone.
Wanting to attract young people to the naturist movement is certainly an admirable goal, but I believe that offering a reduced rate only to young people 18 - 34 is discriminatory, ageist and antithetical to the broader goals of the naturist lifestyle. It sends out the wrong message. Last (but not least) it is probably illegal. There must be better ways of getting young people interested in naturism.
We can't come to see youth american naturist but youth european naturist can come to see us in France at the International Youth Rally in May : http://youth-rally.ajnf.fr