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Polar Bear Plunge 2023

December 2, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Click here for information about our Pre-Plunge FUNdraiser at Texas Roadhouse on Nov. 30th.

It’s the 21st Annual Polar Bear Plunge!

For 21 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 2, 2023:

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

10:00-10:45 AM:  Breakfast, hot beverages, “Warm-up” activities, Costume Judging

11:00 AM:  Plungers take the plunge!

Immediately following Plunge: Post Plunge Bonfire and BBQ at both locations

If you can not attend in person but want to FUNdraise for 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].


Raise a minimum of $75 through family and friends online or in person. In person donations can be turned in at any YMCA branch and on the day of the event. All plungers will receive a long-sleeve Polar Bear Plunge shirt (to be picked up at your Y after the event).


Raise a minimum of $500. Plunging 3 times (as was expected in the past) is now OPTIONAL. All Super Plungers will receive the exclusive Super Plunge gift sponsored by DiamondBack.


Raise at least $250 and be entered to win a $250 Amazon Gift Card.


Donate $75 and receive a “Too Chicken to Plunge” t-shirt. Wear it to cheer on your Y and others taking the plunge on December 2. Stop by any of the four YMCAs to get yours!


Best Costume, Most $$ Raised by Individual, Most $$ Raised by Business/Organization/Group



Show Your School Spirit For A Great Cause!

The Cool School Challenge gives students, teachers, staff, and administrators a fun, interactive opportunity to support your school’s Backpack Program. Every dollar you raise helps the Y provide weekend food for children at your school! You can select a brave volunteer(s) from your school to take the plunge and get the whole school involved in raising funds through penny drives, “jeans day”, online fundraising, and other creative ideas to support your Cool School Plunge Team. The school district that raises the most money will house the Cool School Polar Bear Trophy until next year’s Polar Bear Plunge!

Can’t send a representative from your school on December 2? Virtual Option: 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. We encourage that your virtual plunge take place sometime between November 13 and December 1. Turn in all funds raised and send a video of your virtual plunge by the end of the day on December 1 to [email protected]. The school district that raises the most money will be presented the Cool School Polar Bear trophy to display until next year’s event.

For More Information:
Theresa Mast
[email protected]

Thank you, sponsors!

Super Plunge Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

3twenty9 DesignBellefonte MooseFred Carson Disposal ServiceCollegiate Pride

Bronze Sponsors

Bellefonte Sunrise RotaryBenner TownshipBlack Bear FiberCNB Bank
Kish BankMcQuaide BlaskoSpring TownshipBabst Calland
WegmansIntegrity AccountingDaughenbaugh Funeral HomeTexas Roadhouse
Phoenix Rehabilitation & Health Services



December 2, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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