Cold Water Challenge

The Cold Water Challenge is a spin-off of the Polar Bear Plunge that many take part in during the winter months to raise money for charity.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You are nominated to complete the challenge by someone who has done just that.
  2. You have 24 hours to complete the challenge AND donate a monetary contribution to the charity of choice as defined by the person nominating you.
  3. If you are unable to complete the challenge, you donate a greater amount to the charity the challenger named.
  4. The amount of the donations varies. The most common is $10 if you complete it, $100 if you do not. 
  5. If you complete the challenge, upload the video of you completing it to Facebook or YouTube and nominate additional individuals to take the Challenge.

I was nominated by our family friends Tim & Christie Haas. While visiting my family in the mountains of North Carolina I took the Cold Water Challenge in plunge style with their son, Wes, in honor of Operation Heal Our Patriots, a project of Samaritan’s Purse.

I am nominating my dad and Alison & Bobby Idol and their entire family. You have 24 hours to take the Cold Water Challenge or donate to your favorite military charity. (Dad has promised to take the plunge in Alaska within 24 hours of returning from Western Europe.) And Wes has nominated my brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Kristy Graham.

There have been some reports of people getting injured while taking the Cold Water Challenge by jumping in cold waters they aren’t familiar with. Please be safe in completing the challenge. Do not jump into water that you do not know the depth. Never dive into water you cannot see through.