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2021 Polar Bear Plunge

December 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


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Chill with us at the Polar Bear Plunge!

Every dollar you raise supports YOUR YMCA! We hope you’ll join us to take the plunge at one of our TWO locations this year on Saturday, December 4:

Black Moshannon State Park beach area: 4216 Beaver Road, Philipsburg

Penns Creek at Grace United Church of Christ: 118 Two Steeples Lane, Spring Mills

Schedule for BOTH locations:

10:00 AM:  Arrival/Check-in/Registration for Plungers Opens

10:00-10:45 AM:  “Warm-ups”, Costume Judging

11:00 AM:  Plungers take the plunge!

If you can not attend in person but want to support the Y and take the plunge elsewhere on your own: Set up your online fundraising link. Choose how and where you want to safely plunge into COLD water and raise a minimum of $50. We encourage you to share a video of your plunge to be eligible for any incentives or prize drawings. Email [email protected]

FUNdraising Challenges for Plungers

All plungers should raise a minimum of $50, but we encourage you to raise as much as you can to support your YMCA! Virtual and in-person plungers are eligible for ALL challenges and prize drawings below!

Super Plunge sponsored by DiamondBack & MilliporeSigma
The few, kind-hearted, brave risk-takers… Raise a minimum of $300 and take the plunge 3 times. Super Plungers receive a special Super Plunge gift.

Frozen 500
Challenge yourself to raise at least $500 to support YOUR YMCA! Frozen 500 plungers will be entered to win a choice of a TV or 2-Hour Guided Fly Fishing Tour.

Raise $150
Receive a Y Beanie Hat

Bellefonte Area School District has won the Cool School Challenge for the past few years.

Cool School Challenge
Get your school involved in supporting their YMCA! Designate a brave volunteer or gather a whole team from your school to take the plunge! Raise funds through penny drives, “jeans day”, online fundraising, or other creative ideas. Remember, you have the option to take the plunge VIRTUALLY! Be as creative as you like–have kids toss ice-cold balloons at a designated “plunger”, get a dunk tank at your school, endless possibilities. The school district that raises the most money will be presented the Cool School Polar Bear trophy to display until next year’s event.

Other Awards & Challenges

  • Best Costume: Could be awarded to individuals or teams. Pick a theme and plan ahead! (Costumes are judged before “taking the plunge” so can be removed prior to plunging if preferred.)
  • Most money raised by an individual
  • Most money raised by a team (team, organization, club, or company)

2021 Sponsors

Super Plunge Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

3twenty9 DesignBabst Calland
Bellefonte Elks #1094Bellefonte Sunrise Rotary
Bellefonte Moose Lodge 206Benner Township
CentreWISPKish Bank
Collegiate PrideLittle Bag of Sunshine
First Quality TissueMcQuaide Blasko
Safeguard-Wendy JonesNorthwest Savings Bank
Spring Township

For More Information:
Liz Toukonen
[email protected]


December 4, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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