Camp Kekoka Polar Bear Plunge

January 25, 2020

Children who otherwise would not be able to afford camp are given an opportunity to experience camp. Over 50% of all campers receive financial assistance.

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The benefits of attending YMCA Camp Kekoka:

  • The confidence built at camp makes for a better and more successful life at both school and home.
  • A resident camp experience nurtures the potential of youth and creates a sense of community among campers of all ages through a wide variety of skill-building and outdoor program activities.

Incentives to take the plunge:

Besides raising money for a great cause when you raise the money you can get cool stuff!

  • $100 receive a plunge T-shirt
  • $300 receive a plunge T-shirt + camp sweatshirt
  • $1,000 receive a plunge T-shirt + camp sweatshirt + towel
  • $2,000 receive a plunge T-shirt + camp sweatshirt + towel + bathrobe

A little healthy competition! Raise the most money in one of these four divisions and win the coveted plunger trophy. Divisions: individual, business/team, current camper, and best costume.

How to become a plunger:

It’s $100 to take the plunge. Once you register you can track your progress through your fundraising page. We encourage you to drive all your donations to your online giving link, however, if you are collecting cash or checks feel free to bring those with you to the event. A cash and check tracking sheet is included for your convenience.

Put a team together:

Don’t take the plunge alone. You must have a minimum of three (3) for a team, however, everyone on the team still has to bring in their $100 to take the plunge. Each team member will be given their own online link. Incentives are still based on individual fundraising.

How to get sponsors:

Here are some tips to help you get sponsors: set a monetary goal, personalize your ask, make a donation to yourself, your closest contacts are the ones most likely to donate, studies show the closer to your goal you are the more likely people are to donate, send periodic updates about your progress. Remember donations can come in any amount $10, $25, $100, $1,000.

Plunge Day Checklist:

Shoes to plunge in (required), warm change of clothes for after your plunge, towel, camera, friends, any offline donations. A costume is optional but it could get you more sponsors!

What to expect the day of:

Plungers will need to be ready to take the plunge by 11 a.m. sharp. You may arrive at camp as early as 10 a.m. There will be a meeting with all the plungers at 10:45 a.m. At the time of the plunge, we will all stand together, do the count down, and then run into the water together. You must go completely under in order for it to be considered as a plunge. When you come back out of the water you can warm up around the burn barrels on the waterfront. Hot beverages and warm food will be available for all plungers and sponsors in the dining hall after the plunge. Be sure to stick around for the award ceremony. Everything is over by 12 p.m.

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