Pocono Eagle

The Pocono Eagle

Join Us for a Naked Leather Adventure Like No Other!

Explore your kink in and out of leather. At GNI’s annual men’s naked camping event – our 33rd annual Gathering in August, you can not only enjoy the world’s largest all-male nude event, but also explore your inner kink through classes, parties, and contests through the Pocono Eagle.
— Kink classes sponsored by LeatherWerks
— Mr. GNI Leather contest
— Outdoor play spaces
Learn: In cooperation with Leatherwerks, GNI is pleased to provide a series of hands-on workshops. Bondage, flogging, and electricity,  are among the kinks you can explore in an intimate setting.
Practice:  Contests give you the opportunity to try out what you learned in class!
Party:  GNI’s daily pre-dinner social hour is leather-themed on Thursday, hosted by our very own leather contestants, which will also feature our annual Mr. GNI Leather contest!
Watch or win:  Of course, don’t forget the annual Mr. GNI Leather Contest! Watch some of GNI’s hottest men compete for the GNI Leather sash and vest, or enter yourself for the opportunity to win some great prizes! The winner is qualified to compete in the following year’s International Mr. Leather (IML) contest in Chicago.
Shop: Fort Lauderdale’s famous LeatherWerks opens its Northeastern Pennsylvania branch to meet all your leather/fetish needs and returns once again to The GNI Gathering’s 33rd Annual event. A sponsor of GNI.

Mr. GNI Leather

GNI Naked Leather contest at naked camp

 Leather has a long history at GNI. Mr. GNI Leather is a leather contest and title awarded annually at the Gay Naturist International (GNI) Gathering. The Mr. GNI Leather Contest has been a staple of the GNI Gathering experience for well over a 20+ yearsIn recent years titleholders have gone on to represent GNI at IML, International Mr. Leather.

Ralph Bruneau, Mr, GNI Leather 2016, Wins Title of IML 2017!

IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau

Gay Naturists International (GNI) is thrilled to announce that Mr. GNI Leather 2016 – Ralph Bruneau of Los Angeles, California – won the title of International Mr. Leather 2017 in Chicago, Illinois on May 28, 2017. Let us celebrate this victory with Ralph! What an incredible win on his part and for the organization!  (Photo used with permission of IML)

How Does a Nudist Win a Leather Contest?

“Leather” is not just clothing but a state of mind.  Naturism is not just the absence of clothing,  it too is a state of mind.
Leather and naturism are similar in that both groups have thrown off the yoke of bondage to social convention and found a way to live life freely, boldly, proudly and honestly.  Naturists and Leatherfolk all having chosen to “march to the beat of a different drummer…”, naturally,  find each other.  While not all naturists are comfortable in the Leatherman’s world and many Leathermen prefer to cover their bodies with Leather, it is natural that there should be a large number of men who choose to keep their feet firmly planted in both worlds.

The GNI Naked Leather Contest

naked leather naked camping clothing optional IML MAL CLAW

The contest spans several days. There is an Application, an Interview, a Jockstrap Physique Segment (oops, no need for a jockstrap to show skin at GNI), a Meet the Meat Party, and a unique segment of the Mr. GNI Leather contest is a BDSM skills component with 2 BDSM challenges. Ballots are given to each member attending The Gathering to vote for their favorite contestant.
In the past, the judges have determined the allocation of points for each element of the contest. Criteria that has  been used in the past considered the interview, along with the judge’s witness of the contestant’s engagement in GNI activities counting for up to 40 points of the score. Each of two BDSM challenges gives the winner of the challenge 15 points, second place 10 points and the other contestants 5 points for participation. The person who gets the most number of camp ballots gets 15 points, the second most 10 points, and the third most 5 points. The max score is 100 (55 + 15 1st BDSM + 15 2nd BDSM + 15 for the camp ballots).

History of Mr. GNI Leather Contest

In the mid-90’s, GNI began holding the Mr. GNI Leather contest as an outreach to affirm men who have an interest in leather/ kink/fetish lifestyles. The contest grew and became very popular commanding up to 15 participants in the early years. And while record-keeping of contest winners wasn’t kept in the 1990’s when the new staff (our current Executive Director) took over, he ensured that the names of contest winners have been archived; thus, we have only the names of the title holders from the year 2000 to the present.

Mr. GNI Leather Contest Title Holders

Michael Lazor
Clearwater FL
Muscle Butt Pig
Alan Newland
Euless TX
Ricky Jay Yates
New York NY
Mark Bivings
Wilton Manors FL
Michael Miller
Washington DC
Scott M.
Sarasota FL
Paul LaDuca
Buffalo NY
David Zecca
Atlanta GA
Ron Todd
Fort Lauderdale FL
Dan Marrs
Fort Lauderdale FL
Greg Tepper
Philadelphia PA
Kim Hassall
Palmerston North New Zealand
Gary O.
Chestnut Ridge NY
John Skopos
Tarpon Springs FL
Dave Barnett
Washington DC
Ralph Bruneau (IML 2017)
Los Angeles CA
Brian J Ballone
 Saddle Brook NJ


The Pocono Eagle wants to thank GNI and the community at The Gathering for welcoming them to Naked Camp. The Pocono Eagle realizes the leap of faith GNI and the naturist community took in opening their Gathering home to a larger leather family.
The naturist and leather communities have been on parallel paths for many years. We have all been seeking and expressing our freedom in crafting the identities’ of our lives, in our own ways, as architects of our individual, and our communities’ futures. So it is natural for us to finally join each other, as brothers with common interests, who seek freedom, friendship, and family, and who offer support for each other through open hearts, and an open home.


How the Pocono Eagle is Funded

Like all special interest groups at the GNI Gathering, funds are generated by the group and not from GNI. The Pocono Eagle is currently receiving funds from it’s members and friends via private contributions, it’s Boots and Bourbon Parties, and it’s gofundme page. The Pocono Eagle appreciates all the help and support it has been getting, every liitle bit helps!

Pocono Eagle
gofundme Page


The Pocono Eagle is on the road with Boots and Bourbon Parties.

Next Stop: Chicago, IML, May 25, 2018.
10p-2am , Oxford Room

 Drop-In, strip to your boots, meet the guys, have some bourbon,  and join the fun!

Naked Camp Pocono Eagle IML Boots and Bourbon Party
Click the image above to connect to our Facebook Group and RSVP.

 Also, Join Us at Naked Camp at The Gathering, 
August 17 – 26, 2018!