"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt"

- Special Olympics Athlete Oath

Capital Area Polar Plunge

The 12th Annual Capital Area Polar Plunge will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Gifford Pinchot State Park - Conewago Day Use Area (1185 Alpine Rd, Wellsville, PA 17365)

The Capital Area Polar Plunge supports Special Olympics PA – Area M, which trains athletes in Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and Northern York Counties. In Area M, over 1800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities are given the opportunity to train and compete in 20 different sports throughout the year. These opportunities are provided free of charge to our athletes and their families. This is made possible in part due to the funds raised through the Capital Area Polar Plunge, which is our largest fundraiser.


Register Today!

Click HERE to register as a Plunger or Chicken Plunger.
All participants are asked to make a $20 at the time of registration. This will count towards your $50 minimum to participate. 
ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE AT NOON ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 20th. You can register after that time at the Warm-Up Registration Party on Friday 5pm - 8pm at the CAIU or the morning of the Plunge from 9:30am - 11am. 



Do you want to support the Athletes of Special Olympics, but don’t want to jump in the lake? We have the answer for you…register as a Chicken Plunger! You will earn the same incentive prizes based on your fundraising total. We have a special event planned just for the Chicken Plungers…don’t worry, it has nothing to do with cold water!


Would you like to Sponsor a Plunger or Chicken Plunger? 

Click HERE to sponsor a Plunger or Chicken Plunger. Thank you for supporting the Plungers that are supporting the athletes of Special Olympics PA - Area M!


Congratulations to our Dunkin' Donuts contest winners!

These lucky Plungers (Chad Hopple, Caitlin Keane, Taryn Mockus, Corey Snyder and Gus Smith) will be Taking The Plunge in Dunkin' cup costumes AND won Free Coffee For A Year! Thank you to Dunkin' Donuts for providing these prizes and for all of the support they give to our athletes! 


Resources available HERE

  • How to guides to register online
  • Incentives
  • Plunge rules
  • Tips & Reminders
  • Iglooville & Costume Contest Information
  • How to raise $500 in 10 days
  • Sponsor Sheet
  • Fundraising Worksheet
  • Sample Donation Request letter
  • Receipt
  • Waiver



Warm Up Registration Party

Friday, January 20, 2017 5pm - 8pm at Capital Area Intermediate Unit (55 Miller St, Enola, PA)

Avoid the long lines on Plunge Day! Come to the Warm Up Registration Party to sign your waiver, get your official Plunge bracelet and pick up any incentive prizes you have earned. We will also have great Plunge items for sale! By coming to the Warm Up Registration Party you will not only avoid the long lines on Plunge Day, but you can wear your Official Plunge T-shirt and head directly to Iglooville or Chillville. Plus the Registration Party is in a nice WARM area!


Plunge Day!! January 21, 2017

Plunge Registration & Sign In 9:30am – 11am

Hand in your pledges, sign your waiver, get your official Plunge bracelet, pick up any incentive prizes you have earned and shop for Plunge gear.

Iglooville Our answer to tailgating! You can pitch a tent, hang a banner or sign and/or decorate your tent to show everyone WHO you are! Iglooville will be the perfect place for your team members to meet prior to the Plunge. It’s also a great place to keep your dry clothes!

*Iglooville reminders: Reservations for Iglooville MUST be received prior to 5pm on January 13th. Each team is limited to 2 tents (10x10). Tents can be dropped off in Iglooville between 8:00am and 9:00am on Plunge Day.

10:00am Chillville This is our pre-plunge play area. There will be music, food and fun!

10:30am Costume Contest Registration Registration will take place to the left of the stage area

11:00am Costume Contest Judging will take place at the stage. PLUS all of our CHICKEN PLUNGERS will take center stage to supply us with some entertainment as they do the “Chicken Dance” and maybe even “Shake a Tail Feather”.

11:45am Staging for Plunge Waves

12:00 Noon – Wave 1 Takes The Plunge! Every 10 minutes following the start of the plunge another wave will enter the water, until all waves are completed.




Special Olympics Area-M

P.O.Box 382

Summerdale,Pa 17093


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