Friday, March 13, 2020

A Message from GNI about COVID-19

An Important Message from Gay Naturists International (GNI)

The world is grappling with an issue of enormous scale and human impact, and our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). GNI believes it is our role and responsibility during this time to prioritize two things: the health and well-being of our members and Gathering attendees while also playing a constructive role in supporting local health and government officials as they work to contain the virus. To that end, we would like to make a formal announcement:

Gay Naturists International (GNI's) 35th Anniversary Gathering - GNI's Naked Camp - will take place as planned August 21-30, 2020 in eastern Pennsylvania. GNI is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of attendees in light of concerns about COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus.

We are closely monitoring developments and staying abreast of updates from health organizations responsible for tracking and responding to the virus, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), European Centre fo r Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Australian Department of Health.

GNI is prepared to rapidly respond to any issues prior to our event and provide assistance as the need arises before August 21. We are taking the following actions to prepare:
  • Adhering to all guidance and recommended safety measures issued by the WHO, CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Health Services, and local health organizations.
  • Working with the Gathering's venue to coordinate appropriate safety procedures.
  • Following CDC recommendations and protocols for heightened cleanliness at event facilities, including increasing the number of hand sanitizing stations located throughout the venue.
  • Actively encouraging attendees to take common-sense precautions and follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of illness.
GNI is taking COVID-19 very seriously and is fully engaged and prepared to host a successful 35thAnniversary Gathering.

While no one can predict with certainty how severe the impact of coronavirus will be in five months, we will be constantly monitoring the situation. We encourage attendees to visit the CDC website and government websites of their own country for additional information and follow the WHO's Travel Advice as they consider their travel arrangements, as well as its recommendations for prote cting themselves. In addition, we will be closely monitoring all travel alerts issued by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the coming months, if any.

Thank you for being a loyal member and supporter of GNI. It is our intent to remain transparent, providing the latest information from GNI here. We're very grateful for your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you in August.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

2020 Social Hour Themes at GNI's Naked Camp

GNI is happy to announce our social hour themes for our 2020 Gathering! 

Friday – Legally Nude

Saturday – The Wonderful World of Wigs Masquerade

Sunday – 1985: Back to the Future

Monday – Naked Catwalk

Tuesday – A Proper Afternoon Tea (Dance) – Don Your Disco Balls

Wednesday – Regal Red and Glitzy Gold

Thursday – Fifty Shades of Black

 Friday – Emerald Party

Saturday - Animal Husbandry

Thanks to Kevin Acorace who offered the winning suggestion, he will receive a complimentary annual membership. 

Registration is open and prices are discounted with our Early Bird rates through April 30, 2020, but don't wait to register, we are planning on selling out next year!

August 21 - 30, 2020 with shorter attendance options available. Visit us online for information about our Gathering and more at

Paul Leppla Shares His GNI Experience

I went to GNI for the first time in 2006 and went several times in the following years. It was a very liberating time for me and was great to be with fellow nudists. 

Paul enjoying a themed social party
My husband and I are tent campers, but we have an assigned cabin and bunk available too. Most do not tent camp.  The weather at times in the Poconos is wet and you might be glad you have a dry area!  Our assigned cabin is where we shower.

The food is typical camp style with volunteers helping in the food serving building.... along with the camp employees. 

You can do many activities listed on the schedule, or you can do nothing but enjoy the pools and the climate.  I feel the activities are so many it is wise to choose carefully, or you might need a vacation from it all!

The dance hall is an evening highlight as are nearby cabin parties....
The music dance hall music is very good and there is a "theme" for the week.

Several groups/cabins have afternoon open house for all to enjoy. One is a salsa party. The "Bears" have a pool party which is always a lot of fun.

Beer, soda, & water is provided in the camp coolers by the lunchroom area.  Late afternoon cocktail party near the lake or gym (if raining) is where you can get a beer, wine or soda (diet or regular).

This daily party usually has a theme for the day where all the creative gay genes come alive.

Paul (right)
with his husband, Bill (left)
Sports activities are always going on at the sports fields and several workshops in the various cabins and gym.  Learning how to give a massage comes to mind!   Oil wrestling is always popular.

As the days go on, the larger theater/meeting area there is entertainment and various talent contests. This happens in the evening.  In one of the dining halls there is usually a gay theme movie with popcorn!

Across the lake is another “play area” that you might want to check out.... again, across the lake!

You will meet many nice people from all over the country and the world.  I recommend going.

--Paul Leppla, Dayton, Ohio