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No Shirts. No Pants. No Problems.

Naturists plan to visit Camp Ramblewood in Darlington this weekend in hopes of setting a naked hula hoop record.

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.”

Green is a member of the Maryland Area Naturist Association, which will join with the Chesapeake Pagan Community to co-sponsor the annual gathering at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington this weekend.

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.”

Marna Swimmer July 21, 2011 at 02:27 PM
thanks for the openmindness see what its all about! message admin@marnacamp.org and come to a nude bowling or swimming event we've scheduled including those scheduled for July 31st or August 21st
Marna Swimmer July 21, 2011 at 02:29 PM
thanks for the nice comment! see what its all about!
American naturist Family Assn July 28, 2011 at 01:03 AM
@ Scott Price...there was a small thing I noticed about your first comment. I misunderstood it also the first time I read it...ONLY because the previous comment from another person (which I must guess that you were replying to) was deleted. Most likely by its originator shortly after you mad your rebuttal, thus throwing everyone else off. I agree whole heartedly with you. We here at ANFA have alot of kids in all age groups and they are less sexually curious than most of the other kids they go to school with.
Marna Swimmer July 28, 2011 at 01:23 AM
swim Sunday 4:30 in Baltimore City! admin@marnacamp.org cya there
Alexander December 24, 2012 at 06:34 AM
You will also see that their website has not been updated since 1996

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