Capital Area Polar Plunge
Teams Up with York County Plungers!

January 22, 2022

Gifford Pinchot - Conewago Day Use Area

Wellsville, PA


We are excited to be back in person and once again hosting our Capital Area Polar Plunge at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Wellsville, PA! This year, we’re offering an in-person plunge and a virtual option. Our goal is to provide everyone with the opportunity to be #FreezinForAReason and to support our Special Olympics athletes. Thank you for being a part of our movement!  Check out our Capital Area Plunge Facebook Event page!


Join us on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Wellsville, PA for our in-person Capital Area Polar Plunge!

Each year, hundreds of brrrave souls have dipped a toe, waded or jumped into the icy waters at Gifford Pinchot State Park to raise money in support of Special Olympics. Will you plunge in 2022? 

Polar Plungers Commit To:

  1. Raising a minimum of $50 to participate ($20 is due at registration and counts toward your fundraising goal). Raise more to receive cool incentives!
  2. Showing up ready-to-plunge in proper attire on plunge day to encourage social distancing and reduce the number of people using changing tents at one time
  3. Dipping a toe, wading or jumping into the icy waters to show your support of our Special Olympics athletes!


Polar Plunge Registration Opens: 10:00 am

To promote social distancing and ensure smooth plunge waves, we are encouraging all plungers to show up in their plunge attire, ready-to-plunge. Masks will be required at all times EXCEPT when plunging. Extra masks will be available on-site.

First Plunge: 12:00 pm


Want to support Special Olympics athletes but really, REALLY don’t want to plunge into the frigid water? It’s your lucky day!

Register online as a “Too Chicken” plunger and make a one-time $50.00 donation to support the Special Olympics PA athletes in Central PA. As a “Too Chicken” plunger, you can also setup an individual fundraising page to raise even more money for our athletes! The choice is yours!

Our “Too Chicken” plungers are welcome to join us on plunge day at Gifford Pinchot Park, Wellsville, PA. PLEASE NOTE: Spectator space may be limited due to Covid-19 mitigation rules and local regulations. Please check this website for updates as plunge day draws nearer.

Polar Pop Bear
Polar Pop Bear


BACK FOR 2022… Take the Virtual “Polar Pop” challenge! Pop a cold water balloon over your head, or over the heads of friends and family members, to show your support of Special Olympics. This virtual option is open to everyone and is perfect for people who are unable to attend the in-person plunge.

Virtual Polar Poppers Commit To:

  1. Raising a minimum of $50 to get the 2022 Polar Plunge t-shirt
  2. Doing your “pop” by Thursday, March 31st
  3. Posting about your “pop” on social media using #CapitalAreaPlunge and challenging others to register and join in on the fun!
Polar Pop Bear
Polar Pop Bear


The York County Plunge is teaming up with the Capital Area Plunge in 2022 to make a bigger splash!

The decision to combine the two plunges comes as Special Olympics Pennsylvania implements the statewide reorganization of its 54 local programs into nine regions that will help the programs work together to provide more and better opportunities for their athletes. This new region will include York, Adams, Lancaster, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Perry, Juniata and Mifflin counties.

Simply register for the Capital Area Plunge as a Plunger, Virtual Polar Popper or “Too Chicken” Plunger and select the county from a dropdown menu during the registration process to indicate that you are plunging on behalf of that program. It’s that easy!

IMPORTANT: All reasonable efforts will be made to hold scheduled in-person plunges which assure the safety of all participants. However, Special Olympics PA reserves the right to modify or cancel events as circumstances surrounding the pandemic evolve.

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