The third annual winter dip, the Polar Plunge, was held by Ōrewa Sea Scouts on Sunday, June 19.
About 45 young sea scouts took the plunge, with parents, siblings and sea scout leaders bringing the number of plungers up to around 60.
The group, some in fancy dress, ran into the sea at the northern end of the beach, and then returned to their Ship (den) on Arundel Reserve for hot chocolate and sausages.
A total of $4700 was raised.
Fundraising coordinator Emma Johnson says the event has become a favourite, bringing all youths and family together as well as raising funds to assist with operating and maintenance of watercraft and camping gear.
This year’s fundraising is going towards essential supplies such as safety helmets, which are now required when out in the kayaks and on the cutters, camping equipment, new VHF radios and life jackets,
Emma says the group is also saving for a new boat trailer for one of its cutters as the current one can no longer be repaired.
There is currently a waiting list to join Ōrewa Sea Scouts, however young people aged 14-17 are welcome to try out the Venturer sessions, as new enrolments are being taken. Info: http://orewaseascouts.co.nz/oss/orewa-sea-scout-venturers/