Nudists Seek to Attract Younger Members, Finding it a Tough SellThe fundamental difficulty that the nudists face is that 50 year olds may enjoy being in the company of naked college students, but how many college students really want to be in the company of naked 50 year olds?
Sunday, May 13, 2007
WOODSTOCK, Conn. — Here's the naked truth about nude recreation: The people who practice it aren't getting any younger. To draw 20- and 30-somethings, nudist groups and camps are trying everything from deep discounts to a young ambassador program that encourages college and graduate students to talk to their peers about having fun in the buff.
"We don't want the place to turn into a gated assisted living facility," said Gordon Adams, membership director at Solair Recreation League, a nudist camp in northeast Connecticut that recently invited students from dozens of New England schools to a college day in hopes of piquing their interest.
The median age is 55 at Solair, where a yearly membership is $500 for people older than 40, $300 for people younger than 40 and $150 for college students.
The Kissimee, Fla.-based American Association for Nude Recreation, which represents about 270 clubs and resorts in North America, estimates that more than 90 percent of its 50,000 members are older than 35.
This is related to the fundamental flaw with the repeated complaints of regarding backscatter xray technology that privacy "experts" worry about for airport screening. The "problem" is that airport screeners could see a reasonable facsimile of the nude body of the passenger.
Be at peace, friends. Most people simply do not look that good naked. Therefore, is is unlikely that:
- anyone is going to be lining up to be TSA screeners to catch a glimpse.
- College students are going to be racing off to join 50 year old nudists.