FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - It’s time to get the creative costumes out and take a chilly plunge for the Better Opportunities for Single Service Members program. The Bold in the Cold Plunge will take place at 1 p.m. Feb.23 at the Training Area 250 lake — rain or shine.


  Last year was the first year for the bone-chilling event with 76 people taking the plunge.
“We think we will have more this year,” said Marine Sgt. Daniel Opper, BOSS Program vice president.
The advance cost to participate is $5 per person or $20 per team of up to five people. The day of the event, registration will be $10 per person and $25 per team. Advance registration can be completed at the Information, Tickets and Registration office.
Prizes will be awarded for the best team theme, best couples theme, best individual costume, youngest plunger, old salt and individual with the most moxy.
“A quick dip in and out is all that is required,” Opper said. “It doesn’t matter if you are getting in the water or just watching from the side, this event is tons of fun. There will be people in costume getting in the water, groups of people getting in the water and lots of camaraderie to go around. Prizes are awarded, so you also get to vote on who you liked the best. It really is just a fun experience and
definitely worth the trip out.”
This event is open to the public. Children under 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian present the day of the event. Appropriate attire is required.
Staff Sgt. Nakita Fox, 399th Army Band BOSS representative, said she enjoyed judging the event last year.
“My favorite thing was seeing how the community as a whole, Soldiers and civilians alike, came together to support our BOSS Program. People should participate because it gives you the opportunity to do something different in support of the BOSS program on Fort Leonard Wood,” Fox said. “It’s fun to watch the participants enjoy the experience and see how creative people are in coming up with their costumes for this event.”

All the proceeds go to the BOSS program to fund events in the future. For more information, call 596.6912.