House bill would ban summer camp for nude kids in Virginia

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Associated Press writer

RICHMOND – A summer camp for teens at a nudist park in southeastern Virginia last year won’t be repeated if the General Assembly enacts a Republican-authored bill this winter

Del. John S. &uot;Jack” Reid prefiled a bill Monday that would outlaw camps such as the one at White Tail Park, a nudist resort in Isle of Wight County, held last June.

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&uot;We’re going to put an end to kids running around naked without their parents there,” said Reid, R-Henrico.

White Tail held a weeklong summer camp for the 11-to-18 age group beginning June 21. It was the first in Virginia and only the third such au naturel camp for juveniles in the nation, according to the American Association of Nude Recreation.

Such gatherings are legal in Virginia, even for children, as long as lewd activity is not involved.

White Tail officials say strict bans on sexual or lascivious conduct at the camp are enforced by peer pressure from other campers and by a ratio of 1 1/2 counselors for every child.

Reid’s bill would forbid the state from licensing &uot;any hotel, summer camp or campground … that maintains, or conducts as any part of its activities, a nudist camp for juveniles.”

The bill defines the camps as those attended by &uot;openly nude juveniles” not accompanied by parents or legal guardians.