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August 2017 Newsletter

August 2017 Newsletter

The Tenth Annual Naturist Family Youth Camp at Sunsport was incredibly fun.  It progressed smoothly under the new leadership of Annette, Bettina, and Adam Levy.   David Gibbon helped campers build and launch water rockets which flew high into the sky and introduced them to astronomy and chess, as well as serving as official photographer.  Kim Trampus led karaoke and helped campers produce a hilarious claymation video which will soon be on Sunsport’s website.  Swann organized great games and taught Tae Kwon Do.  Bryan Cromwell and Tracy Shinsel helped campers prepare delicious treats.  Geoff Farmer assisted campers in creating and planting the children’s section of the new community garden. Jodi Neering led popular and relaxing meditation,  Bootz led important and fun team building sessions plus producing a fantastic variety show involving all the campers.  We walked to the nearby Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue Farm and spent a beautiful day at clothing-optional Haulover Beach with lunch provided by South Florida Free Beaches.  Guest artist Lauren Hooker performed an amazing participatory storytelling with a diversity theme.  There were also boating, crafts, and lots of time in the pool.  The buffet meals prepared by Chris Vuk and his staff were both nutritious and delicious.  Campers came from as far away as British Columbia, Canada, to attend.  But most important, children aged 4-16 together with parents and counselors gelled into a caring, supportive community.  The consensus was that this was the best camp ever.  A gallery of camp photos will soon be on the website.

The big event for August is the Summer Daze Music Medley weekend for Young Adults August 11-13.  The weekend, hosted by The Tribe, features ten bands playing poolside Saturday and Sunday and a Drum Circle with Black Light Body Painting and Fire Spinning Friday evening.  There will also be workshops and performances including  a return of Lisa Engleberg’s  Sound Bath Meditation.  Camping is free for ages 18-30.  Ground fees are waived for first timers, $6 per day for others aged 18-30.  Naturists of all ages are welcome to participate.  A Summer Daze flier with more information is on Sunsport’s website.

The always popular Island Brothers Reggae Band fill play poolside Sunday, September 3rd on Labor Day Weekend.  Save the date.  People can’t stop dancing both in and out of the pool when the Island Brothers play.

Anyone interested in having a plot in Sunsport’s new Community Garden should contact Geoff Farmer at  A children’s section has already been started.  In July, the Dragon Fruit produced its first bright red fruit.  A photo is in this newsletter.

We continue to upgrade our grounds and facilities.  Many people will be happy that the driveway into Sunsport has been smoothed.  The children’s area in the game room has been improved with newly built toy box, table, and chairs.  The restaurant has been redecorated with an islands theme.  The walls are bamboo with tribal masks.  Stop by to see the restaurant and enjoy a delicious, nutritious meal.

Newsletter July 2017

Newsletter July 2017

Anne and I just returned from our first trip north during which we attended the Eastern Naturist Gathering.  It is a pleasure  to reconnect with friends.  It is especially fun to hear all the positive comments about people’s enjoyable times at Sunsport.  Many plan to return; others are eager to try Sunsport for the first time.  People commented on our policies welcoming diversity, our delicious, healthful, and reasonably priced meals, our natural beauty, our smokefree environment, and the friendly welcome they received.  I am very proud of our reputation.

The always popular Island Brothers reggae band will return to Sunsport to play poolside on Sunday (July 2) of Fourth of July weekend.  People will be dancing both in the pool and on the pool deck.  I can’t sit still when they play.

Our great maintenance staff has built a earthen ramp near the drum circle for launching canoes and kayaks into the lake.  They have also constructed aerators in the lakes which will help to keep them clear and supply oxygen for the fish.  In progress is painting and beautifying the clubhouse and adding a second aquarium.

I am repeating the paragraph from my June column on our Naturist Family Youth Camp.  I have just scheduled a visit to nearby Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue farm.  We still have openings for campers.

“Sunsport’s 10th Annual Naturist Family Youth Camp will be July 1523.  Spaces for campers are still available.  Children aged 4-17  and their families will experience a fun week of growth and community emphasizing interpersonal relations skills, learning, and creativity in a natural environment.   As usual we will have a fun-filled day playing in the sand and surf at a clothing-optional ocean beach, a camp variety show, crafts, nature exploration, canuding and kayaking, non-competitive sports, producing a claymation video, campfires, and lots of pool time, with individual attention for each camper.  There will be special activities best done clothesfree such as a slip-n-slide with paint, tie dye, water balloon throwing, gooey games, and a 10 foot ice cream sundae with as much landing on bodies as in mouths. Workshops on being proud of who we are, body acceptance, communication skills, and conflict resolution will help establish an atmosphere of caring about each other’s feelings and positive relationships.  Parents are encouraged to attend the camp participating as much or as little as they like.  Most of the favorite counselors will be returning.  A gallery of camp photos, articles, and claymation videos from past years are on Sunsport‘s website.  Enrollment forms are also on Sunsport’s website.  If your child is attending, please email me at”

The Permaculture Committee will help Sunsport siteholders plant  native plants and tropical fruit trees.  Dev Smith is the first camper to take them up on their offer.  The goal is to decrease the number of non native ornamental plants and increase the plantings of edibles and natives throughout Sunsport.

I welcome Sunsport resident Virginia Ginestra to the front desk staff.  She is working with Angel and Theresa Frazier.

On our next trip north, Anne and I will celebrate “Christmas in June” with my children and grandchildren and attend 2 birthday parties in upstate New York, then visit relatives in Cleveland.   We’ll be pack in time to prepare for the Family Youth Camp.