The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is turning 20 in 2022! Every winter for the past 16 years, hundreds of passionate climate activists have run, walked, and skipped into icy cold waters to raise funds for our work. Just like a charity fun run, Plunge participants take pledges from their friends and family to support CCAN’s vital climate work.

The very first Polar Bear Plunge to "Keep Winter Cold" was held in December of 2005 and brought in just over a dozen participants, raising around $5,000. Since then, the event has grown more successful every year and consistently smashes our fundraising goals. Last year's Plunge was fully virtual with over 200 Plungers participating from across the country, raising an amazing $202,527.39. The humble beginnings of this event sowed an incredible foundation for what is now CCAN's largest signature fundraising event. 


This year, due to the unpredictability of Covid-19, we'll be hosting a hybrid Plunge event. Plungers will have the option to join us at the National Harbor in Maryland or to Plunge BRRRR-tually.


Those local to the Washington D.C. metro area are invited to join us the morning of February 12, 2022 to Plunge in-person at the National Harbor. To promote the safety of Plungers, we'll require all in-person participants to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. We'll also follow local and CDC guidance on mask use and social distancing in place on the date of the Plunge.


For Plungers who live outside the DC-metro area, and those who would prefer to Plunge BRRRR-tually, we'll have a virtual option available, similar to last year. BRRRR-tual Plungers are asked to take the Plunge anytime during the week of February 12th and to share their photos and videos with us by 12:30 pm ET on February 12, 2022. Some ideas for those plunging BRRRR-tually are: jump into an icy cold bath or kiddie pool, dump a bucket of ice water over yourself, or even go to a nearby body of water like a local creek or pond. The most important thing is that you and icy water come together for a brief moment. Need inspiration? Check out these creative plunges from last year.


The first steps before signing up to take the Plunge are to determine if you'll be plunging at National Harbor or BRRRR-tually, and if you'll be plunging with a team. You can create a team of your friends, family, coworkers, teammates, the possibilities are endless. View our Teams page for more information on creating or joining a team.

The next step is to set your fundraising goal. We hope you'll set an ambitious goal, many plungers strive to raise $1,000. But, the main thing is that you simply participate and do the best you can in raising funds to support CCAN's work. Once your personal profile page is set up, you're able to share it with your friends and family as you ask them to support your Polar Plunge. 

Ready to get started? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3

1. Click here to register to #TakeThePlunge with us on February 12, 2022
2. Customize your personal Plunge fundraising page. You can watch tutorials on setting up your page here. 
3. Check out our newly revamped Plunger Toolbox to find all the tips you need to have a successful Plunge and raise funds



More important than any perk, our plungers know that their efforts help fund critical efforts to stop fossil fuel development and promote clean energy policies. Plungers who raise $350 by February 12th will be receive a 2022 Plunge t-shirt.

Every plunger is invited to attend our virtual Post-Plunge celebration with special guest speakers, a comedy show, campaign updates, and to watch plunge videos from earlier in the day.

This page will be updated on a regular basis.