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 :)
Category: Felicity's Nudist Blog By Felicity Jones