Attracting Nudist Youth and Podcast Interview with Felicity
Getting More Nudist Youth Involved in Nudism:
Nudist Youth – Yesterday the latest podcast of the Naturist Living Show came out entitled “Attracting Youth.” If you’ve never heard of the show, it’s a monthly podcast by Stephane Deschenes, owner of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park in Ontario, Canada. I don’t know how many of you listen to podcasts, but this Internet radio show genre seems to have grown in popularity in the last few years. However, in the world of nudism, Stephane is ahead of the game because he has the only nudist podcast in the world right now and a large following to boot.
Stephane asked to interview me for this month’s show about young naturists, who we are and what we’re doing. So what you hear in the show is Stephane first sharing his thoughts on how nudist clubs, groups, etc. can draw in more nudist youth. Then there’s an interview with me, followed by an interview with Jess of the blog Naked Vegan Cooking. If you want some tips or advice on attracting youth to nudism, listen to this podcast. Stephane knows what he’s doing. Bare Oaks is known for its young visitors, members and staff, and apparently they had hundreds of visitors under age 35 this past summer. It’s also one of the few clubs in North America that offers a discount rate to young adults (age 25 and under).
Stephane makes a number of good points, and I just want to quote him on one that I think gets overlooked. He states that a crucial part of attracting young people is having a “strong naturist philosophy.” He says:
“I think you have to be very idealistic, I think you have to be an ethical naturist…because when you’re young is when you’re at your most idealistic. That’s when you’re most involved in causes. That’s when a message of health and social justice and having a better world in general in terms of body acceptance and getting along together. That message rings truer when you’re younger…”
I think about my 24-year-old self and how I want to save the planet. So, yeah. This is totally true. And look at how many young people rally around the World Naked Bike Ride worldwide, for example. Give them a good reason or cause to get naked, and make way for naked youth on bicycles!
As YNA, we’ve got this part covered. In fact it goes back to why we started YNA to begin with, because naturism to us is definitely about much more than just getting naked. At its core, we believe the naturist movement should be about acceptance, as Stephane quotes us on. It’s what makes us body positive and sex-positive! We have a set of ideals and causes we care about and fight for. While I think there are people who just want to get naked (or see naked people maybe), I definitely agree with Stephane on this point, that it’s an important aspect to consider when trying to attract youth to the naturist movement.
In the segment with Jess, I think it’s worth noting that his blog is run by a group of young adults who aren’t just about cooking naked, but also work to promote body positivity, health and awareness of issues they care about. It’s also interesting to note that although Jess engages in social nudity, he wouldn’t label himself a nudist or naturist. He has never visited a nudist club, nor does he think such places are relevant to his practice of social nudity. He mentions that there are many young people who try social nudism without thinking about it in nudist terms. We observe this trend ourselves just in the numbers of people who have never visited any nudist club before attending a YNA gathering.
Things to ponder!
Listen to the podcast on the widget above, or click here to view it on the Naturist Living Show website.
What do my readers think? Is having a prominent, defined naturist philosophy an important part of engaging young people in naturism? Does a lack of one lead to a lack of interest in visiting nudist clubs, resorts or attending nudist group events?