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20th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

December 3, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


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It’s the 20th Annual Polar Bear Plunge!

For 20 years, brave community members with warm hearts have been plunging into cold water each December to help the Y strengthen the community! Join the many current and past plungers by taking the plunge for your Y this December. Every dollar you raise helps the Y GIVE BACK and support YOUR COMMUNITY! We hope you’ll join us to take the plunge at one of our TWO locations on Saturday, December 3, 2022:

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 $75. We encourage you to share a video of your plunge to be eligible for any incentives or prize drawings. Email a video of your plunge to [email protected].

FUNdraising Challenges for Plungers

All plungers should raise a minimum of $75, but you are encouraged to raise as much as you can to support your community! All plungers will be entered for a drawing for a TV, Visa Gift Card, and Sheetz Gift Card. Virtual and in-person plungers are eligible for the drawings and other challenges.

Super Plunge sponsored by DiamondBack & MilliporeSigma
Raise a minimum of $500 to be a SUPER PLUNGER! New this year: Plunging 3 times is OPTIONAL for super plungers. Super Plungers will receive the 2022 Super Plunger gift.

Will another Cool School take home the Polar Bear trophy this year? Or will Bellefonte get to keep it for another year???

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)

Too Chicken to Plunge?
Pay the $75 fee and receive a “Too Chicken to Plunge” shirt. Wear it to cheer on your Y and all of those taking the plunge on December 3! Click here to purchase yours!

2022 Sponsors


Super Plunge Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Bellefonte Kiwanis

Stuckey Mitsubishi

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

3twenty9 Design
Mount Nittany Health
Babst Calland
Bellefonte Moose
Bellefonte Sunrise Rotary
Benner Township
CNB Bank
Collegiate Pride
Kish Bank
McQuaide Blasko
Phoenix Rehabilitation & Health Services
Spring Township

For More Information:
Liz Toukonen
[email protected]


December 3, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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