Polar Bear Plunge 2017
An unbelievably committed group of the Camp Fitch Bunch braved the coldest winds and the biggest waves we’ve ever seen in the 7 years of the Polar Bear Plunge to consummate their commitment to sending kids to Camp Fitch whose families can’t afford the fees. Doubling last year’s total for the third year in a row, the Plungers raised $90,123.69 which can provide a full campership to as many as 150 kids this summer.
The 7th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Camp Fitch was a lot things — successful, crazy, exhilarating, and a ton of fun — but the best part was getting together with so many of our friends who show such passion for what a week of Camp can do for a kid, and are willing to make sure that more kids from the NE Ohio and NW PA region can have this crucial growth experience.
By the number, the 7th Annual Polar Bear Plunge was comprised of 99 Plungers, the youngest of whom was 5 years old! We had 8 satellite plungers from as far away as the Bailiwick of Jersey, where Charlotte Angell plunged into the frigid waters of the English Channel! Of the 99 Plungers, 45 of them were first-timers, and we had two teams raise over $8,500 each! A whopping 35 Plungers raised enough to send one child to camp on a full campership — a really amazing accomplishment. We are overwhelmed by the support from our Plungers and our donors — a place and experience like Fitch really is a community effort and our community is second to none.
It’s all for the kids: our goal at Fitch is to get 372 kids here who, without our donors, would never get the experience or the growth. We’d love for you to join us.
Join a stalwart band of people who are passionate about the power that a week of summer camp has on kids: to develop their resilience and emotional intelligence, but also
Join a stalwart band of people who are passionate about the power that a week of summer camp has on kids: to develop their resilience and emotional intelligence, but also to grant them access to a community of love and acceptance. The 9th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Camp Fitch will be a lot things — crazy, exhilarating, and a ton of fun — but the primary outcome is to pave the road for kids to get a week-long summer camp experience who face many roadblocks that would otherwise stop them from having this crucial growth experience. DONATE TODAY
The schedule of events on Plunge Day at Camp Fitch is:
9:45 am: Brunch in the Big Dining Hall
11:00 am: Games and crafts for kids
12:00 pm: Rubber Duck Regatta on the banks of Crooked Creek
2:00 pm: The Plunge on the shores of Lake Erie
2:45 pm: Post-Plunge Party in the Big Dining Hall
3:30 pm: Awards Ceremony
6:00 pm: Euchre Tournament, Camp Fire, Jam Session in the Little Dining Hall
We welcome plungers of all ages: our youngest plunger is 7, and we’ve had plungers over 70 fundraise and Take a Dunk to Fill a Bunk. The metaphor is apt: jumping into frigid water takes a lot of courage and faith — just like coming to summer camp where you don’t know anyone. Just as plungers report the event as being exhilarating, and even cleansing, the kids who receive the gift of camp also describe their experience similarly: the deep thrill of making a close friendship, the satisfaction of overcoming fears and seeing themselves as stronger, more capable. DONATE TODAY
(Saturday) 9:45 am - 9:00 pm
Our Spring Kids' Adventure Weekend is perfect for the camper who wants to take a sneak peak at Summer Camp for less days and less dollars! Maybe you want
Campers will participate in some favorite classic camp activities such as horseback riding (no extra charge!), campfires, art projects, hikes, rock climbing, games, shooting sports and more! They’ll also enjoy the special personality of Spring at Camp Fitch (usually a lion, but possibly a lamb?) Campers will be housed with Camp Fitch staff in our modern heated lodges with attached bathrooms. The total cost of the weekend is $115 which is all inclusive.
Transportation is available for campers traveling from the Youngstown area from the Davis Family YMCA in Boardman, OH. The bus will leave Davis YMCA on Friday, April 12th at 6 pm and return to the Davis YMCA on Sunday, April 14th at noon. (Please let us know if you plan to take advantage of our bus transportation in advance.) Campers not traveling on the bus should plan to arrive at Camp at 7 pm Friday. Pick up at Camp is 10:30 am on Sunday.
12 (Friday) 6:00 pm - 14 (Sunday) 12:00 pm
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