2O24 Plunge Walkthrough

Your step-by-step guide for all things Plunge!

Step 1

Which Plunge are you attending? We have 4!

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Cool Schools

Thursday, February 1st
10:00am - 2:00pm

Are you a teacher, coach, or student who is looking for a whole school engagement activity? Join us for the Cool Schools Plunge!

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Police Plunge

Friday, February 2nd
10:00am - 1:00pm

Calling all law enforcement, military, fire/EMS and first responders! Recruit your agency and join us for the Police Plunge!

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Corporate Plunge

Friday, February 2nd
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Motivate your coworkers and team for the coolest team-building experience of the year at the Corporate Plunge!

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Maryland Plunge

Saturday, February 3rd
10:00am - 4:00pm

Want to be a part of the largest Plunge in the world? Plunge in-person or virtually for the 27th annual MSP Polar Bear Plunge!

Step 2

Registration, Day-of Details & Everything in Between

  1. Register Here if you are school-aged, a teacher, coach, parent, or administrator.
  2. Fundraise or pay $50. Tips and tricks are here to help you fundraise.
  3. Come to Plunge
    1. Arrive on site
      1. The Plunge is located at Sandy Point State Park (1100 E College Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21409)
      2. Parking is first come, first served and there is plenty of bus parking for your teams. Don’t forget, we reimburse for buses if you raise enough. Learn more here.
    2. Head to Registration   
      1. Coming with a large team? Please send one team captain with all waivers, and we will get you checked in. 
      2. In this tent, you will sign your waiver.
      3. Receive your Plunge wristband, which will give you access to the Plunge zone.
      4. Receive your Plunge sweatshirt and cinch sack.
      5. Bringing any spectators? Have them also visit this tent to sign a spectator waiver and receive a wristband. You can also fill this out ahead of time and turn in a Packet Pickup!
    3. Head to Plungefest and see full details here!
      1. Grab your free Wawa lunch.
      2. Visit the merchandise tent.
      3. Visit various other entertainment vendors on site.
      4. Enjoy the tunes in the Rams Head tent.
      5. Visit our food vendors.
      6. Enjoy the day!
    4. Head to the Beach to Plunge
      1.  Plunge times are 11 AM (Middle Schools), 12 PM (High Schools), and 1 PM (Last chance to Plunge!)
      2. The beach will open 30 minutes before each Plunge.
      3. Are you a first-time plunger? Here are your do's and don'ts of Plunge! You can also watch the video at the bottom of this page!
    5. Meet Special Olympics Maryland Athletes: Be sure to meet some of our amazing athletes who are on-site to thank you for your support!
  1. Register Here if you are any type of first responder or military. Friends and family are welcome too!
  2. Fundraise or pay $100. Tips and tricks are here to help you fundraise.
  3. Come to Plunge
    1. Arrive on site
      1. The Plunge is located at Sandy Point State Park (1100 E College Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21409)
      2. Parking is first come, first served and there is plenty of bus parking for your teams.
    2. Head to Registration
      1. Receive your Plunge wristband, which will give you access to the Plunge zone.
      2. Receive your Plunge sweatshirt and cinch sack.
      3. Bringing any spectators? Have them also visit this tent to sign a spectator waiver and receive a wristband. You can also fill this out ahead of time and turn in a Packet Pickup!
    3. Head to PlungeFest and see full details here!
      1. Visit our food vendors.
      2. Visit the merchandise tent.
      3. Visit various other entertainment vendors on site.
      4. Enjoy the tunes and drinks in the Rams Head tent. All drink sales support Special Olympics Maryland athletes!
      5. Enjoy the day!
    4. Head to the Beach to Plunge
      1. Plunge time is at 12 PM.
      2. The beach will open 30 minutes before the Plunge.
      3. Are you a first-time plunger? Here are your do's and don'ts of Plunge! You can also watch the video at the bottom of this page!
    5. Meet Special Olympics Maryland Athletes:  Be sure to meet some of our amazing athletes who are on-site to thank you for your support!
  1. Register Here if you have any kind of job. Get your whole company to join you for the fun, and your friends and family are welcome too!
  2. Fundraise or pay $100. Tips and tricks are here to help you fundraise.
  3. Come to Plunge
    1. Arrive on site
      1. The Plunge is located at Sandy Point State Park (1100 E College Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21409)
      2. Parking is first come, first served and there is plenty of bus parking for your teams.
    2. Head to Registration
      1. Receive your Plunge wristband, which will give you access to the Plunge zone.
      2. Receive your Plunge sweatshirt and cinch sack.
      3. Bringing any spectators? Have them also visit this tent to sign a spectator waiver and receive a wristband. You can also fill this out ahead of time and turn in a Packet Pickup!
    3. Head to Plungefest and see full details here!
      1. Visit our food vendors.
      2. Visit the merchandise tent.
      3. Visit various other entertainment vendors on site.
      4. Enjoy the tunes and drinks in the Rams Head tent -  all drink sales support Special Olympics Maryland athletes!
      5. Enjoy the day!
    4. Head to the Beach to Plunge
      1. Plunge time is at 3:30 PM.
      2. The beach will open 30 minutes before the Plunge.
      3. Are you a first-time plunger? Here are your do's and don'ts of Plunge! You can also watch the video at the bottom of this page!
    5. Meet Special Olympics Maryland Athletes: Be sure to meet some of our amazing athletes who are on-site to thank you for your support!
  1. Register Here if you want to be a part of Maryland’s coolest party of winter! All ages are welcome! You do not need to choose a Plunge time like in previous years. Plungers can show up on Plunge day and Plunge at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, or 3:00 PM.
  2. Fundraise or pay $100. Tips and tricks are here to help you fundraise.
  3. Come to Plunge
    1. Arrive on site: The Plunge is located at Sandy Point State Park (1100 E College Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21409) and there are a few ways to get there. Your options to arrive on site are as follows:
      1. Take our Plunge Shuttle: details here.
      2. Buy a parking pass on-site as quantities are available – no guarantee that passes will still be available.
      3. Buy a parking pass at Packet Pick Up - details here
    2. Head to Registration
      1. Receive your Plunge wristband, which will give you access to the Plunge zone.
      2. Receive your Plunge sweatshirt and cinch sack.
      3. Bringing any spectators? Have them also visit this tent to sign a spectator waiver and receive a wristband. You can also fill this out ahead of time and turn in a Packet Pickup!
    3. Head to Plungefest and see full details here!
      1. Visit our food vendors.
      2. Visit the merchandise tent.
      3. Visit various other entertainment vendors on site.
      4. Enjoy the tunes and drinks in the Rams Head tent. All drink sales support Special Olympics Maryland athletes!
      5. Enjoy the day!
    4. Head to the Beach to Plunge
      1. Plunge times are 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM.
      2. The beach will open 30 minutes before the Plunge.
      3. Are you a first-time plunger? Here are your do's and don'ts of Plunge! You can also watch the video at the bottom of this page!
    5. Meet Special Olympics Maryland Athletes-Be sure to meet some of our amazing athletes who are on-site to thank you for your support!

Step 3

Important Links & Resources

Parking is only required for Sat, February 3rd. Online Parking passes sales are live and you can purchase parking passes at Packet Pickup and on-site at Plunge, but there is no guarantee that passes will be available.

Do you have a pal that is not plunging but wants to come watch you bear the cold? If they want to be on the beach with you, they need to sign a Spectator Wavier and turn it in at the Registration Tent or Packet Pickup to get a wristband.

Want to skip the lines on Plunge day? Take advantage of our Packet Pickup at Special Olympics Maryland headquarters from January 27th through February 1st. Click the button for daily times!

There is so much to do at Sandy Point State Park during the Polar Bear Plunge... getting in the water is not required! Join Special Olympics Maryland at Sandy Point State Park from February 2nd-4th and enjoy PlungeFest.

All money raised from the Plunge directly benefits Special Olympics Maryland athletes across the state. As a Plunger, you can utilize all of the fundraising resources in our library, and let us tell you - there are a lot!

We want to make sure that you have all of the answers leading up to the Plunge. If you don't see the answer to a question you have listed in the steps laid out above, be sure to check out our FAQ page that covers everything else!

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