We're Still Freezin' for a Reason in 2021

It’s STILL all about “Cold Toes and Warm Hearts” in 2021! This year, there will be two virtual polar dips: the 2021 Virtual Virginia Polar Dip & Dash (Feb 6-Feb 14, 2021) and the 2021 Freezin' for a Reason Virtual Polar Dip & Dash, which is an event that combines the Central New York, Eastern Shore (Maryland), Portland (Maine), New Jersey and Wachusett Polar Dips into one SUPER VIRTUAL DIP (Feb 13-Feb 20, 2021). 

It is now easier than ever before for ALL members of our Camp community to participate no matter where you’re located. 

NEW in 2021

An optional 5K virtual “DASH” portion of the event has been added to both events, where participants have the opportunity to sign up to take part in a virtual 5k during the days leading up to their scheduled dip. 

Participants can choose to sign up as a polar dipper (free) or a polar dipper AND 5K dash participant ($30) all for a great cause! Participants doing the virtual 5k will receive a commemorative medal by mail after the event along with any fundraising incentives earned. All funds raised will help send children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to Camp Sunshine. As always, all participants who raise at least $100 will receive an “I DID IT” long-sleeve t-shirt. For Dip & Dash participants to receive a t-shirt, $100 will need to be raised in addition to the $30 registration fee. 

How can you participate in a polar dip virtually? We suggest you consider one of the following or create your own challenge:

  • Walk outside and dip your toes in the snow
  • Bathing suit snow angels or go for a swim in the snow
  • Have a "winter" water balloon fight (make sure the balloons haven't frozen)
  • Fill up a kiddie pool and go for a dip (be careful getting in and out)
  • Run through your sprinklers or get sprayed by a hose


Get creative with your virtual polar dip ideas, but please be safe, use caution, and be mindful and realistic about your surroundings, abilities and capabilities.

Camp Sunshine discourages the use of bodies of water such as ponds, lakes, rivers, or the ocean.

Sharing your virtual polar dip photos with Camp is encouraged, but not required (your photos might be featured on Camp Sunshine's social media channels). Dress up, play “cold themed” songs while participating and have fun! Sign up as an individual or create a team and show your support for Camp this winter! 


Additonal information:

NEW “Funraising” Incentives
• $100 – “I DID IT” Long-Sleeve T-Shirt
• $250 – "I DID IT" Long-Sleeve T-Shirt & Freezin’ for a Reason Hat
• $500 – "I DID IT" Long-Sleeve T-Shirt, Freezin’ for a Reason Hat & Freezin' for a Reason Water Bottle
• $1,000 – "I DID IT" Long-Sleeve T-Shirt, Freezin’ for a Reason Hat, Freezin' for a Reason Water Bottle & Freezin' for a Reason Fleece Vest

*All fundraising incentives earned, as well as virtual 5k dash medals will be ordered and mailed to participants after each event.