House votes 98-1 to ban teen-only nudist camps
By Christina Bellantoni
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
RICHMOND — The House of
Delegates yesterday passed a bill that would make it
illegal for teens to attend a nudist camp without their parents or
In a 98-1 vote that was punctuated by laughter, the House
approved the bill and sent it forward to the Senate General Laws Committee for
consideration. Delegate Charles W. Carrico Sr., Galax City Republican, was the
The bill, sponsored by Delegate John S. Reid, Henrico
County Republican, states that the Board of Health shall not issue a license
to any organization that runs a nudist camp for juveniles when parents, grandparents
or legal guardians are not present.
The bill targets Camp White Tail in Ivor, in southeastern
Virginia. Camp White Tail is an adult nudist camp that hosts a nudist camp for
one week each summer for about 30 teens and preteens.
Bob Roche, the camp's manager, said he will fight the
"We will challenge it in court if we have to," Mr.
Roche told The Washington Times. "It's rather sad they are wasting the valuable
taxpayer's money and time with this law."
Also fighting the bill are the American Civil Liberties
Union and the American Association for Nude Recreation.
Mr. Reid said he drafted the bill when his constituents
complained about Camp White Tail's special nudist camp in June for children ages
11 to 17.
Florida is the only other state that has nudist camps
Senate Panel Approves Bill Banning Teen Nudist Camps
By JUSTIN BERGMAN
Associated Press Writer
(AP) - Nudist camps for teens would be prohibited under a provision
passed by a Virginia Senate panel Thursday despite the vehement protests
of the nudist community.
The legislation, which nudists claim is unique nationwide, passed the
Senate Education and Health Committee unanimously after opponents said
it infringed on the rights of parents. The bill now heads to the Senate
floor for debate.
Del. John Reid, R-Henrico, said his legislation was aimed at shutting
down a weeklong camp for teenagers at White Tail Park, a nudist colony
in Southampton County. It was only the third such au naturel camp for
juveniles in the nation, according to the American Association of Nude
Reid's bill would prohibit the state from licensing any hotel, summer
camp or campground that allows nudist camps for juveniles without the
supervision of their parents, grandparents or legal guardians.
"This bill is not based on aspersions at all," Reid said. "It
allows individuals committed to this lifestyle to continue
to have this lifestyle."
The measure passed the House of Delegates 98-1 earlier this month.
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