Hundreds to Invade the Ice Cold Atlantic at Ocean Lakes Family Campground on New Year’s Eve

The 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge With More Than 400 Participants Will Help Raise Money For Charities

December 19, 2016, Myrtle Beach, S.C. — On New Year’s Eve 2016, Ocean Lakes Family Campground will be diving into its 16th year of hosting the Polar Bear Plunge. This annual tradition will take place on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 3 p.m., beginning at the Oceanfront Observation Deck. The adventure is open to all guests staying at the campground.

What started with only three individuals has now become an annual tradition with hundreds of Ocean Lakes’ guests braving the frigid Atlantic and donating non-perishable items to give to the local food bank.

“We are astonished every year to see the growing number of guests that are willing to take the Polar Bear Plunge,” said Barb Krumm, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “This group activity gives the participants a chance to create a family memory while freezin’ for a reason to help local charities.”

Those participating in the Polar Bear Plunge must bring two non-perishable food items that will be given to South Strand Helping Hand. The $6 yearly membership fee will include entry into the Polar Bear Plunge, a T-shirt, and warm refreshments in the Recreation Center.

Participants must sign up by noon at the Recreation Office. Registration is required.

To book a reservation at Ocean Lakes Family Campground, call 1(877) 510-1413. For rental property information, call 1(800) 845-2229.

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About Ocean Lakes Family Campground

Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a division of The Jackson Companies, is the largest campground on the East Coast and one of the largest in the United States. Located in Myrtle Beach, S.C., it has received numerous awards for excellence. It is the 2011-2012 National “Park of the Year” in the Mega Park category and has received that honor from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) five times. In 2010, it received the Earth Day Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for its iCare Program.

In 2006, Ocean Lakes received the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s Cup for making a significant economic impact on South Carolina. Ocean Lakes covers 310 oceanfront acres with nearly one mile of beachfront. It offers 3,419 sites — 859 of which are large and pull-through to accommodate larger RVs. It was built by Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson and their five daughters, starting in 1970. It opened with 30 campsites and one bathhouse in 1971. On an average seasonal day, Ocean Lakes has 25,000 – 30,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a local favorite and a national vacation destination. It currently holds a perfect 10/10*/10 rating from the Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory for its overall operation, recreational offerings, services and appearance. This puts Ocean Lakes Family Campground in the Top 1% of the private campgrounds in North America. TripAdvisor awarded Ocean Lakes its 2016 “Certificate of Excellence.”

Ocean Lakes Family Campground is a division of The Jackson Companies, a family owned enterprise that includes Prestwick Golf & Country Club, Ocean Lakes Properties, Crystal Lake Mobile Home Village, Ocean Lakes RV Center, Ocean Lakes Golf Cars, and the master-planned development SayeBrook.

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