Sat., Jan. 21, 2017


Come to Warren County Winterfest on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and see a different breed of swimmer on the Beach at Chapman State Park! Watch as crazed enthusiasts take a dip in the icy-cold waters of the West Branch of the Tionesta Creek for a good cause! Registration fees benefit the Salvation Army’s Warren citadel.

The Polar Bear Plunge is dedicated to the late Patrick Shine (1948 - 2010), past chief of the Glade Township Volunteer Fire Department and part of the Glade Water Rescue Team. Chief Shine was a very active Winterfest volunteer, supervising the Polar Bear Plunge ice cutting and safety effort. He will be missed at Winterfest.

Whether you wish to take a swim or you just want to watch all the plunging action, you’ll want to get there early to beat the traffic. The event starts at 2:00 PM on Saturday.

If you wish to participate in the Plunge, you must register first. Registration takes three steps:

Step 1:  Download Forms.

You must download these forms, read them and fill them out:

2017 Polar Bear Plunge Registration Forms

256 KB PDF

Step 2:  Submit Forms.

You can choose your method of returning the completed Waiver and Sponsorship forms:

a: You can bring the completed forms with you to the Plunge event on Jan. 21; or...

b: You can mail the completed forms to:

Polar Bear Plunge

care of The Salvation Army

311 Beech St.

Warren, PA  16365

mail-in forms should be submitted by Monday, January 16, 2016, or...

c: You can scan-in and e-mail the forms to the Salvation Army’s Polar Bear Plunge Address.

See you at the Plunge!


Patrick Shine Memorial Polar Bear Plunge

Some photos on this site are courtesy MRM Photography . Other photos are courtesy Charles Varro.