After tackling behavior modification schools for teenagers yesterday, the Times turns its attention to nude summer camps for teens. American Association for Nude Recreation runs a variety of teen nudist camps and according to the article, "The nudist association, the larger of two nationwide, sees this as a place to train 'youth ambassadors' to what nudists call the 'textile' world." Reporter Kate Zernike and the AANR go to great lengths to tamp down suspicions that it's a love-in (it's a way to feel empowered about your imperfect body) or that it's dangerous (people keep an eye on out on "newcomers" and camps have a fair amount of security) but when one 18 year-old says, "At school, if you see a person, you just see their clothes. Here you have to actually get to know the people," Gothamist can't help but wonder if it means know in the biblical sense as teens are all about the hormones from 13-18.
The AANR has a "Try Nude Journal," to give those wary a sense of how freeing it can be. The AANR website is sprinkled with pictures in soft focus, to give that soft core porn feeling to everything, versus the scary hard core porn reality that everyone is actually flabby, hairy, and normal. Read David Sedaris' account of staying at a nudist camp in his book, Naked.
Gothamist has a connection to the nudist...we mean, naturalist world.