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This report is in three parts.
These articles appeared in Going Natural.
'Going Natural' is the Bulletin of the Federation of Canadian Naturists.
To Start a Naturist Club - Part 1 by Doug Beckett. Reproduced with permission of author. This article appeared in 'Going Natural' Spring 1996. This is the Bulletin of the Federation of Canadian Naturists. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Why Naturism: The great weekend and holiday getaway that streams year round from every Canadian community indicates as much as anything our need to escape the stress of modern society. And those who study this condition claim that stress is now the fastest growing symptom of our troubled western civilization. We need some degree of nature to recreate in mind and body what has been drained by the daily grind. Our willingness to endure long hours of travel on overloaded highways or waiting in line at recreation grounds shows something of this need. Even in a country as vast as this, it seems that every acre south of the northern wilderness either belongs or is leased to someone who plans to mine it, deforest it, farm it or sell it for intensive development. There remains little of that natural environment we enjoyed even twenty-five years ago. Natural surroundings are becoming a highly endangered resource. Every year nature gets pushed farther away from our everyday living and in subtle ways gets less natural. But now we feel sure that naturism offers one of the best of all possible solutions in that it combines such a simple and natural lifestyle with the lowest possible impact on the environment. But even for naturists, rare enough are suitable and accessible places that provide natural environments with enough privacy for nude recreation or naturist living. Who starts a naturist club? While naturist clubs have sprung from a wonderful variety of beginnings, and many have not survived, the surest start is with a small and dedicated group. And this approach holds true whether the club is to be a co-operative or an ownership venture. But then, who starts this group? That is where you need a few dedicated naturists, ones who feel sure that , if there is ever to be a club in their locality, it is up to them to get it started. These are the ones that are thoroughly convinced that naturism is an important part of their lives – a lifestyle that is well worth whatever sacrifice and effort is necessary to live it as fully as possible. Others will then become interested when it becomes apparent that something is really going to happen. A group of a dozen, more or less, would be about the best number for a start. You will certainly need ability to share and, as well, possess among you some talents for organizing, writing, keeping records and, above all, a good measure of common sense. You will also need to be able to accept that, as your group develops, there will come others who will build on your efforts and in time assume leadership roles. Founding members will therefore need some time together to get to know each other, to assess talents and resources and to find out who are the leaders and who prefer to be supporters. And just who will be your leaders? They will be the ones who readily assume responsibility, who will find the needed information and are prepared to act on it. They too will be the ones who will draw others into discussions and activities, and as well make sure that they also have their share of fellowship and fun. But to avoid domination by a few strong individuals through this process, your group should utilize a "round table" discussion format at which each person is in an equal position to comment on any topic. This is a very successful arrangement for group participation, especially for integrating new or not so outspoken members. And only when general consensus on any issue is not apparent, should a vote be taken. You will certainly need some persons who are willing and feel quite comfortable to go fully public with their support of the naturist lifestyle. This may not be possible for all members, even of a founding group – some are bound to have certain limitations. Nor can there be any resentments within the group over this matter. It's like working on a high building – some enjoy the heights and its challenges, others do great work in laying the foundations. Very important too, for your naturist group to prosper, there must be a prominent and integral proportion of females, especially in leadership roles. Not only does an equal balance of men and women present your most publicly acceptable appearance, it offers by far the best prospects for good and balanced judgements within your group. Equally important, especially for a founding group, is real experience in social nudism. Preferably this should be some time spent in naturist resorts, a vacation or two at least. The more clubs, resorts and nude beaches you have visited, the better you will be equipped to decide what will be the most suitable prospect for your group and your locality. Out of all this must come an indication of what type and size of club should be your ultimate aim. Certainly this training period in simple democracy is much needed before engaging in the stress of making this choice and then going on to the more demanding matters of developing and maintaining the club operations in an orderly and financially competent manner. The experience of the past decade has shown that the most readily accomplished form of organization is a travel club. This is also by far the simplest and least costly form and requires no assets other than the group's personal talents. Financial costs are usually limited to a petty cash fund to cover costs of mailing and reservation charges for use of commercial facilities. All other costs are covered by the membership on pay as you go charges for each activity. Of the five latest groups to form in Ontario, three have been travel clubs and, although a new phenomena to this region, they have been instantly successful and are enjoying rapid growth. Then, as any travel club grows and matures, it has established a solid membership base which is vital if the ultimate wish is to find land and develop and maintain permanent club facilities. While operating a co-operative club demands more personal and financial commitment from its membership, there is no problem of owner succession or unwelcome changes in its naturist concepts or business operations. And nothing more brings a membership together in good fellowship than the necessary working and sharing for the common good of the club. For an ownership club, the time spent as part of a group will be most useful to the prospective owner in assessing the group's commitment to becoming a stable supporting membership and its potential for future growth. It will be the owner's most important market survey to evaluated whether all the necessary investment and work will be worthwhile. And it will provide him/her with valuable training cooperating with a group and understanding their interests. Even if the owner should consider developing a club as something of personal activity/hobby of sorts, it still must be financially stable. Continued financial losses will surely lead to early discouragement for even the most dedicated and enthusiastic naturist. Equally important, potential owners should realize that operating a naturist park will never be a high profit venture at the best of times. Their efforts should, of course, be adequately rewarded, but the simplicity of naturist recreation leaves little scope for high profits. Getting down to business. The first matter to be agreed upon is your group's name. This is your identity and the flag you rally all your efforts around. For this reason it should show some wit and originality. For a few dollars it can be registered at the county court house, thus announcing its purpose for any business or legal considerations. Equally important is an address which, in any case, must accompany the name when registered. A postal mailbox is best, rather than someone's home, as it can then be kept in spite of any amount of membership restructuring and growth. The longer a name and address can remain unchanged, the better it becomes known in and outside the naturist community. A more sophisticated step in communication would be to obtain a business telephone number that can be listed in the yellow pages and Information. In this case, the group's message should be put into an answering machine to give continuous service. This is much better than requiring anyone to stay close to the telephone and also eliminates any of your group from exposure to crank calls. Getting organized. Be it ever so simple, every human activity needs some form of organization for its plans and activities to achieve any tangible result. In fact, there can be no real progress until there is a reasonable consensus as to what are the aims of your group's actions and the process of coordinating the efforts of all the people involved. To this end than, must be devoted your first real efforts. Your founding members, at the first informal meetings, much put together a basic form of organization that will be adequate to develop their ideas. From these meetings will come, as we have said, a knowledge of the respective strengths and limitations of each person in the group and the most suited activity delegated to each. As much as possible, everyone in your group should have a valuable share of the work to do. It is through working and sharing together that each person will feel a real part of the action and become determined to carry out its objectives. And by fully delegating the work, no one should feel overworked, and the fun of the venture equally enjoyed by all. To ensure that the fun part is not neglected, gathering for purely social purposes (even in non-naturist activities and surroundings) should be a regular practice. For every division of proposed activity, appoint a committee to share the work with at least one leader. Even the most enthusiastic leader will need reliable supporters to help as there can so often be the additional demands of family, home, work and non-naturist friends and activities. The most immediate task will be membership, growth, public relations, secretarial and finances. To co-ordinate even this modest organization, appoint a president and back-up vice- president. At any point in your activities, don't be devastated if someone decides to withdraw from your group. Everyone has their own picture of what any venture should become and their place in it, so it is inevitable that some may find their ideas too much at odds with the facts. Others may just find that it is going to take more time, effort or dedication than they had anticipated, and that they have other priorities. Whatever their reasons, and there can be many, let them withdraw gracefully and retain their friendship. Records. From the very beginning, complete and accurate records mush be kept of all your group's decision, activities and finances. So much time, effort and good will can be lost if the resolutions of every meeting and discussion are not readily available. No matter how simple the activity, no one can be expected to recall exactly what was decided at any previous meeting, with the result that much time and trust can be lost in going back over lost ground. This is especially true in the matter of finances. The bookkeeping too can be simple but it must be able to account for every cent, and this should be verified by an annual audit by members form other committees or an experienced bookkeeper. As time goes on, responsibilities and records will inevitably be passed on to other members who will be completely at a loss unless they can review the records of what has been done and assess the requirements of the work they are assuming. Outreach. The real purpose of all this organization is, of course, to be capable of developing a sufficiently sincere and active group that can attract and direct enough membership and resources to proceed on to establish a naturist resort, or whatever is the ultimate aim fo your group. Your first need will be to gain a larger membership – people who have or can be encouraged to hold an enduring conviction o f the value of naturist living and want to share it with your group. In most regions of Canada there can be found at least a few who have had some naturist experience and would like to become part of your group. Others can be mad receptive to naturism, once it is clearly and honestly presented. But the greatest challenge will be to reach potential new members. The first and surest way of finding suitable membership is by word of mouth. Nothing gains more interest than a personal account of how a great group of people are having a wonderful time enjoying a new and unique lifestyle. Only in conversation can you present, at one time, your experiences and the answer to all of their concerns, and in a way that best suits the prospective members. However, it does have its limitations in the number of receptive people that nay small group can contact in everyday life. High pressure promotion, dogmatic opinions and lace of consideration for the values and interest of others have no place in this process and will surely do much harm. It is most important that your group develop an agreed upon public relations strategy so that all will speak with a consistent voice about the naturist lifestyle. In all this, the Federation of Canadian Naturists can be of considerable help. While its membership list is strictly confidential, it can certainly notify all of its members in any region about the forming of a new group. And to help your group encourage new members, the FCN can provide brochures, magazines, videos and other promotional materials, all of which can be very useful to your efforts at a time when your finances and promotional experience are at their lowest. As well, it will announce the formation of your new group in this bulletin, thus informing any of its readers who may wish to contact your group. Of equal benefit is that, in becoming associated with the FCN, you become part of a Canadian national organization that is well established in the naturist movement, both in Canada and internationally through the FCN's membership in the International Naturist Federation (INF). The FCN has or can draw on a wide and growing variety of experience in the Canadian approach to naturist public relations, promotion, government regulations and procedures and, as well, offer business and land development advice. It is much easier for a new group to adapt proven experience and information to their use than to try to develop it all from the beginning. Furthermore, as soon as your group is soundly established, it can be listed in the Canadian Guide to Naturist Resorts and Beaches which will reach a readership far beyond the FCN membership. Advertising. Next to personal contact, the most successful technique has been to place small ads in local newspapers. Now that many papers publish special weekend editions, an ad placed in the lifestyle or resorts and recreation section should have a much better chance of response than the classified column. This will be more expensive than a classified ad but, if run every two weeks or even once a month, it should prove to be more cost effective. Since most Canadian newspapers now have some familiarity with naturism, a naturist ad is usually accepted with no hesitation. In fact, it may be considered as a useful lead to a future story. So make a personal visit to the newspaper office to arrange the ad. This could be one of your most important public relations ventures, so have two or three of your group make the visit, with at least one of them a woman. It has been proven b many experiences that she will add immensely to your credibility and acceptance. If they show any sign of interest, develop some conversation and perhaps leave your group brochure. Any personal knowledge of your group will help them view naturism more from your perspective - that of a healthy, happy and ver natural lifestyle. Hopefully, they will retain this perspective when they print future references to naturism or even an article - the very best form of advertising. We are fortunate in Canada in that the media most often takes a quite positive attitude towards naturism, and at times is even very supportive, such as their defense, a few years ago, of Wreck and Crystal Crescent Beaches. The real success of any ad will depend on the skill with which it is written. If possible, refrain from using the word "nudist", as unfortunately it still carries some association in the public mind with the hackneyed "nudist colony" concept. "Nude" or "clothing-optional" recreation is an in-fashion concept that even some non-naturist tropical resorts are beginning to use. And the FCN still prefers the word "naturist" above all, as it is fast gaining recognition in the media and, while maintaining social nudity as its central theme, it represents a lifestyle with a much wider scope of interest than nude living alone. Good advertising will imply that naturism provides a unique opportunity for good family style fun, fellowship and a wide choice of activities (including just plain relaxation). And with it, there is the complete freedom to share it all in the nude with others of like mind. The FCN will be happy to assist your group with samples of ads from their records and the advice of experienced staff who have a deft way with words. Brochures. Your brochure will be your first impression on those who request information about your group and the naturist lifestyle. So do it well - gather all the samples you can, non-naturist as well, and study the most effective presentations. There are numerous naturist brochures that have excellent descriptions of the naturist lifestyle. Then add information about your group, what it is doing and what it plans to achieve. Enlist the help of someone with artistic ability to arrange the layout and perhaps add a sketch or two. And definitely have the type set on a computer with a laser printer. This produces a professional quality printing, far better than a typewriter, and can be done for a few dollars a page. For the small quantities of brochures that you will need at first, photocopying can be quite comparable in cost to job printing. As well, it gives you more freedom to make minor changes and improvements as both your promotional skills and objectives develop. ============================================================ To Start A Naturist Club - Part 2 By Doug Beckett. Reproduced with permission of author. This article appeared in 'Going Natural' (Winter 1992), the Bulletin of the Federation of Canadian Naturists. -------------------------------------------------------------- In my previous discussion on this subject (Going Natural, Summer 1991), I concluded with a brief remark about club activities. However, much more can be said on this matter. Let's assume that your club has progressed through the previously mentioned stages and now consists of a few dozen enthusiastic supporters and some resourceful leaders. And the consensus of the group is to find and develop their own naturist park. As this can sometimes be a lengthy process, it is vital that the group find sufficient activities to maintain their enthusiasm, strengthen their organization and draw in new members. You have advertised that you are a great group of people having a wonderful time enjoying a new and unique lifestyle - so it is most important to continue doing just that. Your activities can start with something as simple as a sauna and games night in a member's recreation room. If there is table tennis or a pool table, that can be the basis for an every person tournament. Then others can bring their favorite games as well - darts, crokinole, board games - anything that has a bit of action and circulates the group. And food should be a group effort too, with pot luck suppers or put-together lunches. On a larger scale, there are often commercial saunas or hot tubs that can be rented for several hours in an evening or weekend afternoon with the group later returning to a member's home for games or lunch. Free beach groups on both coasts are having great success with regularly renting a swimming pool for the evening. Building staff have been favorably impressed with the organization and commendable behaviour of these naturist groups. But one vital item advice - when first approaching any commercial or institutional organization to make arrangements to rent, do so with a small group that includes one or two mature women. This adds great credibility to your first impressions. Summertime, of course provides an almost unlimited scope for activities, with visiting naturist parks as a priority. As well as being able to take part in complete naturist environments, there are opportunities for your group to examine each park and decide the type and facilities they would adopt for their own future park. Then, closer to home, search for naturist-friendly country opportunities; a member's farm or homestead, a reasonably screened vacant field or property that can be rented, or even a secluded area of crown land that is know to be ignored by the local populace. Even a solid fenced swimming pool or patio can provide an enjoyable activity site for a smaller group. A naturist friend has been clever enough to twice find, in large Ontario cities, homes that had large back yards completely surrounded by high cedar hedges that cut the view from adjacent one story houses. They and their friends are able to enjoy nude swimming, lounging and barbecues in an urban setting. Boating can also offer many opportunities for nude recreation, either through transportation to isolated shores or when far enough from shore that the lack of swim suits is not apparent. As many as fifty boats with nude crews have congregated on a warm summer day at an uninhabited location on Lake Simcoe in the heart of Ontario's vacation land. They found that they are ignored by any passing police patrols. And many more boaters enjoy nude freedom on the waters and uninhabited shores of Lake Huron's Thirty Thousand Islands. Choosing a Club Property As I mentioned in a previous article, your decisions as to the size, type, facilities and location of a club property will be your most challenging activity. This is where the widest possible naturist experience is so valuable. Every naturist property you visit is a lesson in the right and wrong way to do things. Therefore, before making any binding decisions about your own property, discuss fully all the properties that your group members have visited and compile a record of the advantages and disadvantages of each. Nothing surpasses the advantage of building on the experience of others. It is ever so much easier to understand the physical and social operations of a club when you can actually experience them. So to successfully plan a site development, your group must be able to reach a consensus on many things. Firstly, what size of property should be sought? This will, of course, be influenced by the cost of land in your area. You may find that large (50-100 acre) properties may be comparatively reasonable. While a one acre rural building lot may be priced at $25,000, about $100,000 may buy a full 100 acre farm (1992 prices) just a few miles farther from paved roads, especially if there is a derelict house or the land is of poor agricultural quality. While even the largest clubs in this country make full use of only twenty or thirty acres, any additional area provides both a valuable screen and a little-used environmental zone where the ecology of the area can be left to rejuvenate. A house is rarely an asset unless you are intending that a club member live there - which is also an excellent protection for the property if it can be arranged. And even the poorest land will grow trees. Some of our finest pine forests grow on pure dry sand and gravel. But, while a large acreage may be your ideal, it is not always possible or at least not in the earlier stages of club growth. Nothing causes dismay and dissension in a group faster than strained financial resources. So plan realistically. If, on a large acreage, you can combine club use with a leased residence or some other compatible use that makes it financially reasonable and your group is strong and growing, so much the better. But make very sure that the combined use is fully compatible with the naturist activities and that leases can be readily and legally terminated if any friction does develop. If there is no suitable large acreage presently available within a reasonable commuting distance, then perhaps something less would serve for a short term. If your group has its hopes set on a property of their own, than a short term site can serve to sustain enthusiasm. For surely if the search for property goes on too long without success, the enthusiasm and drive of your group will erode and valuable members will drift away. The smaller the property you choose, the more important to you will be its adjacent environment. A farm woodlot or conservation forest make the ideal close neighbour although some clubs live quite comfortable next to pasture or working fields. Just make sure that the farmer neighbour knows that you will be quiet, considerate and environmentally friendly neighbours that can be called on for assistance for any emergency around the farm. There again it should be a mature male and female group who introduces your club to the neighbours. And nothing else helps your introduction like offers to help repair or construct fences or maintain drains. Probably the most important consideration in the land search is to choose land that can be most suitable to your proposed activities without any reworking. Nothing creates as much environmental havoc as earthmoving. Legalities When you have finally found the right land, of a size to contain all the facilities you hope to develop, in a pleasant and private environment and at a price you can well afford, then comes the task of obtaining all necessary approvals. This is a process that will vary widely depending on the requirements of the municipal zoning bylaws. The proposed ownership of land will also have a considerable bearing on your zoning category. If you intend to own land in the name of your group. That will first require an incorporation process for which you will require a lawyer to guide you through - a fairly simple and straightforward action. This should also state the interests of every member in any property to be acquired, how subsequent members will acquire an interest and how retiring members may give up their interest at a future date. You will find that there is a variety of ways in which you can be incorporated - as a co-operative, a shareholder group or some other arrangement - these should be carefully investigated and evaluated as to the best suited to your interests. You may find that for owning land as a private club the zoning requirements will be less demanding than as a commercial enterprise. But here again there are many possible variations. Hopefully you can qualify under the permitted land uses for your proposed property or with minor adjustments to one of them. Both the combination of land uses and their interpretation can vary considerably in each municipality. And if there is to be a zoning adjustment or change, it could be wise to meet your future neighbours to give them a true understanding of the naturist lifestyle and to prevent any serious objections to the zoning change. As well as the municipal government, a variety of other organizations will have a say in your property development. For example, the county health department will want to know all your plans for water supply and sewage and garbage disposal. And if there is a stream or pond that will be used for swimming, this must also be checked for water quality. As all this approving may take some time, depending on the complexity of the municipal planning a development requirements, you will need to hold the property by means of an accepted offer that states your purchase will be conditional on being able to obtain all necessary government approvals. This should include a period of time, say thirty days or more, for any possible reversal of approval by some government department. This has happened. Planning for Development There are an infinite number of ways in which a plot of land can be developed into an ideal naturist park. So keep your imaginations free and active and let your site plans develop around the size, shape and natural conditions of the land. Plan the roads, activity areas, camping and buildings around any existing watercourses, humps and hollows, trees and open spaces. The only earthmoving should be when necessary to build a pond or pool. And the disposal of excavated material must be as carefully considered as the digging. Your provincial government (Ministry of Natural Resources) has air photos of all of its land and, if you identify your property on one of their air photos, they can produce a large scale enlargement that makes a wonderful planning base. The cost is less than fifty dollars and maximum scale is approximately 1 inch = 100 feet. Every open space, creek, dry watercourse and even individual trees will show clearly on this photo. This can save endless wandering around on the property and not being sure of your exact relation to property lines or major land features. With this photo, walk through the site, identifying your location on it as you go until you gain a working familiarity. However, if your property is level open ground or small in size, then this process becomes much simpler. But even on small properties, this planning is just as necessary as the best use of every metre of land becomes quite important. Then tape your air photo to a sheet of plywood slightly larger in size, and over that tape a sheet of tracing mylar obtainable at art, stationery and drafting supply stores). Now you are ready to make a simple map locating to scale the full development of your property. Regardless of how many stages it may take to fully implement your development or how many years it will require, a clear proposal of all you hope to do is absolutely necessary. This can be revised as time goes on, but you will then know that the impact of any revision will be on the whole design. The next step is to take your plans and a bundle of stakes (1 inch x 3 inch x 3 foot long with the top foot painted with fluorescent paint) and locate on the ground all your planned facilities - roads, parking areas, swimming pool or pond, sports area, sunning areas, clubhouse, camping areas, etc. The first thing you will find is that what seemed good on the plan will usually need minor revisions - the inevitable result of trying to transfer a concept from a piece of paper to a large area of ground. Then too, valuable trees must be preserved, steep slopes avoided, the location of sunny and shady areas noted and the desired sense of shelter or openness achieved. All this may seem like a lot of work, and it can be, especially when there is much enthusiasm to get on to the land and start some physical activity. But it always takes less time and work than redoing something that was wrongly located. ===================================================================== To Start A Naturist Club - Part 3 By Doug Beckett. Reproduced with permission of author. This article appeared in 'Going Natural' (Winter 1993), the Bulletin of the Federation of Canadian Naturists. -------------------------------------------------------------- The previous discussion on this subject (Winter 1992) ended with a brief outline of the process of planning your proposed club facilities and then marking them out on the ground. When all this is done to the satisfaction of your group - and only then - construction can begin. This consensus on what and how work is to be done on your property is vitally important - any real disagreements will greatly reduce the enthusiasm and efforts of your group. I have shown here sketches of what could be developed on properties as small as two and ten acres. (Sketches not included). While it would be much preferable in both cases to have wooded areas around the perimeter for a more natural effect, this does give some idea of what could be done with the very minimum of property. Most of our larger clubs on 50 to 100 acre properties really use only 20 to 30 acres for all their activities, including ponds, sunning, sports and camping areas. The secret of success in every case is good and thorough planning. This can't be emphasized too much. Each item of work done, then adds to the total development and nothing is wasted by being reworded, torn down or discarded. And every loss of initial effort is sure to produce resentment. Construction First to be constructed will be access roads to get into your property and to serve the various areas of the land. Build just as much as you need to for the first stage. And on the construction of the road system hangs a great deal of the attractiveness of your park. So, consider that firstly your park is for people, not vehicles, so roads should be as unobtrusive as possible. A good principle is to have as few as possible roads and locate them around the perimeter of the developed area so that vehicles and people, especially children, meet as little as possible. It is not really necessary to have vehicle access to the door of every campsite; grouping cars in small parking areas (3 to 7) saves a lot of road construction and greatly preserves the naturalness of the property. Park roads can be narrow, one land (3 to 4 metres) wide, with half a metre of clear firm ground on each side to pull out on when meeting another vehicle. Such roads can freely wind around mature trees, large rocks and steep slopes and hollows and are still quite adequate for cars to pass at speeds of 15-20 km/hr. and, as ell, greatly reduce the environmental impact, as well as tendencies to drive too fast. When roadways are cleared of all vegetation and stumps removed, then also remove the topsoil which can be from 5 to 20 centimetres deep. This should be picked up by a front-end loader and hauled to a disposal site - some area that in your plans require filling. Do not pushed it off to the sides of your roadway or it will remain an unsightly ridge forever. For the light traffic and slow speeds expected on your roads, a layer of crushed gravel 10 to 15 centimetres deep should be adequate, the shallower dimension on sandy soils and the deeper on clays. This is a minimum road base to get you started, more can be added later if found to be necessary. Also, be very watchful to preserve the natural drainage adjacent to roads; every crossing waterway, no matter how small, should be contained in a culvert. As long as the road surface follows closely to the surface of the existing ground, ditches should not be necessary and can often be more of a problem by concentrating the flow of water. Services The very first service needed will be a water supply, even as simple as a well and hand pump. Your original assessment of the land to meet health requirements would have included an investigation that proved that an adequate water supply would be available and that there are areas of soil suitable for sanitary sewage disposal but if your immediate ambitions go beyond the hand pump, then electric power much be brought onto the property. If a good flow of water can be found at less than 20 foot depth, then your waterworks system can be dug well with tightly sealed concrete top and a suction or jet pump located at ground level pumping into a steel pressure tank. If water must come from a greater depth, then a drilled well and submersible pump supplying the pressure tank will be the system needed. Presuming that electric power is available along your country road, it will be your responsibility to contact a licensed electrical contractor to run wires from the power lines to where ever you want it available on your property. If at all possible, run your electric power supply underground. It will cost more initially, but you will forever enjoy the absence of poles and hanging wires, the freedom from the cost of repairs and inconvenience and danger of wires brought down by ice or falling trees or branches. So, initially, bring electric power to the location you have designated for your clubhouse, install the main switch and distribution box there (leaving a few loops of extra wire at the top of the pole), then run a service line from there to your well pump. When you get around to building the first stage of a clubhouse, the electrical control panel can then be easily installed by just reconnecting the original supply line to the new panel. The most difficult service to provide will be sewage disposal. This may start with something as simple as a couple of well-maintained pit toilets. And an effective solution to keeping these odour-free is to equip each with a bucket of wood ashes to be sprinkled down the hole after each use. Inevitably, there will come a time when growth, development and a good supply of pumped water will generate a demand for flush toilets. While this is sure to be heralded as a big step n comfort and convenience, it will also require an expensive sewage disposal system. But there are options which can help to greatly reduce this cost. Your County Health Department will have a detailed list of requirements on such a system, how it is to be built and the size required to serve your group. Firstly, it will most likely be required that the work be done by a licensed installer and possibly that the system be designed by a consulting engineer. A good point to start is to presume that your most used washroom facilities will be in your future clubhouse and that the disposal field will be under an adjacent lawn. Then make a reasonable estimate of the number of people you hope to have in your group in say five years. Then there are a lot of other variables to consider - will the system be for day-use only, for weekend campers or week-long or longer holidays? The Health Department will inevitably demand that the system be designed for a much larger flow capacity per person per day than will ever be required. So the trick here is to install the size of septic tank required or even larger, since the largest is only a few hundred dollars more than the smallest. Then build the disposal field, the most expensive part, in units with the first unit sized to serve the present group numbers. A water meter on the water supply will give an accurate measurement of the flow to the sewage system. Additional disposal field units will not be required until the metered daily flow comes up to the rated flow capacity of the disposal field. In most naturist parks, the actual water demand for each camping area is far less than official estimates - a difficult thing to prove to the authorities. But that inexpensive meter (the same as you find in a city home) will prove your case and save construction of a large, expensive and underused bed. And if your club does grow much more quickly than expected, the bed capacity can be doubled or tripled with no interruption to the operation and almost no more cost than if built at the time of the original installation. For larger parks, it is best to plan for small disposal units where most conveniently needed and good disposal conditions exist. These will be much like standard rural residential units and of similar cost. A large central unit can be much more complex and require a fully engineered design.
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