There’s a skinny-dip planned.
No rules necessary.
Then there is the naked hula hoop.
Walter Green III said there is only one rule there: “I guess you could say BYOH—bring your own hoop.”
The hula hoop event will be held in conjunction with other organizations nationwide in an attempt to set a world record.
But more than simply setting a record, this weekend at the camp, located off Silver Road in Darlington, will be about freedom.
Freedom to walk, swim and play games—naked.
“We all would love to be able to walk around outside our houses and not have problems from our neighbors,” Green said. “Most of us can’t do that unless we have an 8-foot privacy fence.”
Green is a naturist, which is different than a nudist.
According to the Maryland Area Naturist Association website, a nudist is someone who simply enjoys being naked. A naturist is someone who enjoys being naked as part of a greater “healthy lifestyle that includes vegetarianism, no smoking, no drinking, and regular exercise, embracing the benefits of nature.”
“The organization is well-accepted at Ramblewood,” Green said. “They have all kinds of events up there similar to ours, and some of them not, of course. They’re not very prejudicial up here.”
This weekend, Ramblewood becomes home for people who wish they could live all every day as they will these three.
“Once I show up there, I don’t have to worry about a change of clothes from then on out,” Green said. “I can relax, have fun, do whatever I want.”
This year’s pre-registration had doubled as of last week.
Green said that there are misconceptions about such camps. He and his fellow naturists don’t spend their time in a nudist colony. They’re normal folks.
Green drives a taxi. He lives in a small home with someone who is not a naturist.
“I have a roommate and my roommate is very familiar with the fact that I’m a naturist, and she doesn’t mind that I walk around with nothing on,” he said. “She’s been to a few events. She said, ‘This is interesting, I want to give it a try.’ I wouldn’t say she’s a naturist. Maybe what I’d call a part-time naturist.”
Online registration is closed but anyone interested in joining can pay at the gate, which is $5 more than regular prices. (A price chart can be found by clicking "prices" here.)
Green said the group is always looking for more activities. This year, he said, they’re considering a water balloon battle.
“We’re not wearing anything,” he said. “So we don’t have to worry about getting our clothes wet.”