clothing optional camp with kids?

clothing optional camp with kids?

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“Blessings to you and yours.”

Since: Dec 07

Washington DC

#1 May 23, 2009
We are interested in attending Free Spirit Gathering with our kids, but I have some concerns about the camp being clothing optional. We are comfortable without clothes at home, but we have never been nude out in public, or seen other nude people in public. My kids are 7(boy) and 4 (girl).
Does anyone have any experience with Free Spirit Gathering with kids? Any suggestions on attending a clothing optional Pagan event?
Blessings to you and yours.
)09

Since: Jan 09

Reynolds, IN

#2 May 24, 2009
lol wut?

Seriously, if you're concerned about taking your kids to a clothing-optional Pagan event (as well you should be, if for no other reason than that could cause you legal troubles), then there's an easy solution to this: Don't take them. Get a babysitter.

I'm all for Pagan events that involve children. But not all events are so designed. There are events in which kids are an integral part, events at which kids are encouraged to play over there (under the watchful eye of a responsible older child or a willing adult volunteer), and events at which kids would be too much a distraction for the adult participants. If adults are running around skyclad, chances are this is the third type of event.

“Blessings to you and yours.”

Since: Dec 07

Washington DC

#3 May 24, 2009
SwissCelt wrote:
lol wut?
Seriously, if you're concerned about taking your kids to a clothing-optional Pagan event (as well you should be, if for no other reason than that could cause you legal troubles), then there's an easy solution to this: Don't take them. Get a babysitter.
I'm all for Pagan events that involve children. But not all events are so designed. There are events in which kids are an integral part, events at which kids are encouraged to play over there (under the watchful eye of a responsible older child or a willing adult volunteer), and events at which kids would be too much a distraction for the adult participants. If adults are running around skyclad, chances are this is the third type of event.
This event has a great kids program which is the main reason we want to attend. I just wish they were not clothing optional.
Blessings to you and yours.
)0(

“I'm not of this generation”

Since: Dec 08

Spotsylvania

#4 May 26, 2009
Are you afraid of the "clothing optional" being a distraction to the children? Or are you uncomfortable with them seeing strangers bodies? It sounds like an interesting idea, but I'm not sure if I would be comfortable taking my daughter to a "clothing optional" either. But then again, they're young enough to the point where most kids don't care, they just want to have fun.

I see you live near me, is there a website link to information about this gathering? I'd love to read about it and maybe develope a more solid point of view.

Thanks [:
Blessed Be.

Since: May 09

Burleson, TX

#6 May 26, 2009
magickmom wrote:
We are interested in attending Free Spirit Gathering with our kids, but I have some concerns about the camp being clothing optional. We are comfortable without clothes at home, but we have never been nude out in public, or seen other nude people in public. My kids are 7(boy) and 4 (girl).
Does anyone have any experience with Free Spirit Gathering with kids? Any suggestions on attending a clothing optional Pagan event?
Blessings to you and yours.
)09
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Currently, I have been in attendance of CMA (the Council of Magickal Arts) for almost nine years, also a clothing optional area, as is FSA. I feel that your question can only be answered by you. Whether you want your children to be exposed to these things is entirely up to you. If it were up to me, I would at least attempt to find out what the children want.

Ask them how they would feel about it, at least the older one, and go from there. Or just trust your instincts. Do you feel you want to have them exposed to such at this age? if not, I would suggest either not going, or finding a babysitter for the time you will be gone.

I apologise if this did not help you.

Blessed Be
Cas

“Discordia Is My B*tch”

Since: May 09

Morgantown WV

#8 May 26, 2009
I would be worried about the cops if I were you. They take kids away for the wierdest things these days, Glad I don't have any.

Also, see in this economy, giving a babysitter a job for a few days would be hellish good karma, I'd go for it.

“Please don't feed the trolls.”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#9 May 26, 2009
In certain instances, public nudity and nudity around children is an arrestable offence. Be VERY careful.

“Blessings to you and yours.”

Since: Dec 07

Washington DC

#10 May 27, 2009
The kids program is the main thing we want to go for, but it is run by my local group and they do a similar program throughout the year that we can do instead. I think the kids would be fine with the nudity, but I know my mom would have an issue and while she wouldn't call DCS, we have neighbors who would if they heard about it, and we do not want to deal with them again (even though nothing came of it before). I swear our neighbors have DCS on speed dial, they call them on everyone.
I would love to go this this camp with the kids, but with the clothing optional being such a concern, we are just going to take a pass.
Blessings to you all.
)0(
Gay Bruce

Oswego, IL

#11 May 27, 2009
I'm looking to find a clothing optional gay pagan spirit gathering. If anyone knows of one could you please let me know. Aaaaaand also, does anyone else ever have a problem with getting you know, erected during sky clad events? Some people get really irritated with me when this happens but I'm like.. what should I do eat saltpeter before an event. From now on I'm just going to carry a naked picyture of Michelle Obama with me and tape it to my leg to help quell my excitement.

Since: Feb 08

ANOKA, MN

#12 May 27, 2009
magickmom wrote:
The kids program is the main thing we want to go for, but it is run by my local group and they do a similar program throughout the year that we can do instead. I think the kids would be fine with the nudity, but I know my mom would have an issue and while she wouldn't call DCS, we have neighbors who would if they heard about it, and we do not want to deal with them again (even though nothing came of it before). I swear our neighbors have DCS on speed dial, they call them on everyone.
I would love to go this this camp with the kids, but with the clothing optional being such a concern, we are just going to take a pass.
Blessings to you all.
)0(
Here's an idea - drop the organizers a note, stating that you would have enjoyed attending but for the clothing-optional part. If enough parents say the same thing, it will be helpful for them when planning future events. Perhaps they could even have non-clothing-optional alternatve camp on another summer weekend. I know I would not be comfortable taking my kid to a clothing-optional event, especially now that he's a teen. It's hard enough for a kid to deal with the normative ideas of American culture, society, body image and self image without throwing "clothing optional" camp into the mix, especially if it's not something they grew up around.
Gay Bruce

Oswego, IL

#13 May 27, 2009
And when I was a child I loved to get naked and run around the house when my parents had friends over. But this was when I was like only 15 years old so I could get away with it. But then my dad would spank me and I would go like OH PLEASE STOP SPANKING ME DAD. (while snickering to myself)
Gay Bruce

Oswego, IL

#14 May 27, 2009
Um... also does anyone know where I can get a naked picture of Michelle Obama for my next skyclad event?

“Dance with Fire- Boycott BS”

Since: Apr 07

Moon

#15 May 27, 2009
Gay Bruce wrote:
I'm looking to find a clothing optional gay pagan spirit gathering. If anyone knows of one could you please let me know. Aaaaaand also, does anyone else ever have a problem with getting you know, erected during sky clad events? Some people get really irritated with me when this happens but I'm like.. what should I do eat saltpeter before an event. From now on I'm just going to carry a naked picyture of Michelle Obama with me and tape it to my leg to help quell my excitement.
Short Mountain in Tennesee has gatherings for at least Beltaine & Samhain.

Maybe find a new group to be skyclad with? Anytime I've been with a group, it is ignored by others and the erectee and it eventually 'runs its course' on its own.(meaning it calms down) The only thing anybody would be concerned with is if you acted inappropriately using the erection as an excuse.
Gay Bruce

Oswego, IL

#16 May 27, 2009
CShine wrote:
<quoted text>
The only thing anybody would be concerned with is if you acted inappropriately using the erection as an excuse.
No, I NEVER use my erection as an excuse. Sometimes I use it as a wand for my spellwork, and I also use it as others may use an athame, and also to just generally point with. I hate when people point with their finger. It is so rude.

“Discordia Is My B*tch”

Since: May 09

Morgantown WV

#17 May 28, 2009
Gay Bruce wrote:
Um... also does anyone know where I can get a naked picture of Michelle Obama for my next skyclad event?
Heard she's doing the next Playboy centerfold.

Boooteh!!! W00t w00t!!!

“I'm not of this generation”

Since: Dec 08

Spotsylvania

#18 May 28, 2009
Discord Tiger wrote:
<quoted text>Heard she's doing the next Playboy centerfold.
Boooteh!!! W00t w00t!!!
I'd rather nail my toes to the ground then look at that..

“Blessings to you and yours.”

Since: Dec 07

Washington DC

#19 May 28, 2009
DaBroad wrote:
<quoted text>
Here's an idea - drop the organizers a note, stating that you would have enjoyed attending but for the clothing-optional part. If enough parents say the same thing, it will be helpful for them when planning future events. Perhaps they could even have non-clothing-optional alternatve camp on another summer weekend. I know I would not be comfortable taking my kid to a clothing-optional event, especially now that he's a teen. It's hard enough for a kid to deal with the normative ideas of American culture, society, body image and self image without throwing "clothing optional" camp into the mix, especially if it's not something they grew up around.
Great idea DaBroad.
Thanks, blessings to you and yours.
)0(
redcrone

Cincinnati, OH

#20 May 29, 2009
i would neither be comfortable taking my kids to a clothing optional function, nor would i shed my clothes infront of a stranger's kids. that just feels wrong. And creepy.

“I'm not of this generation”

Since: Dec 08

Spotsylvania

#21 Jun 1, 2009
redcrone wrote:
i would neither be comfortable taking my kids to a clothing optional function, nor would i shed my clothes infront of a stranger's kids. that just feels wrong. And creepy.
That's why it's optional. So you don't feel the need to.

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