Established practice[ edit ] Bathing by both sexes together had occurred since time immemorial and is documented in neolithic cave drawings and Roman mosaics and frescos. When working people started visiting the coast to be 'dipped' for health or to 'bathe' for leisure cannot be determined but had been happening for 'some time' in Bathing in the sea by the lower classes was noted in Southampton by Thomas Gray in , and in Exmouth by shoals of Exeter damsels in unsufferable undress in He became interested in the curative properties of the waters and he wrote A discourse of Bathe, and the hot waters there.
There is so much more to tell about Y-camp - I learned to sail enough to rise from "dangerous" to "merely incompetent", anyway ; I learned archery ditto ; I had a blast on hikes; I made a ton of new friends; I even made that lousy wallet So I'll get to the root of the matter, now. There were three typical events in which Y-camp boys would be around each other naked or near-naked - bathing in the lake in the evenings, changing in the cabin, and skinny-dipping during rec swim. Bathing wasn't very sexualized, despite the fact that it was the only occasion at camp when everyone was naked together. For one thing, as I said, it was usually late and the light was fading, so you didn't see much of your friends.