On Saturday the annual Leap in the Lake took place on Lake Hopatcong to a crowd of over 200 people, and more than 100 jumpers, which was a record for the Lake Hopatcong Elks fund raising for special needs kids.
The day was overcast, and the temperate was in the 30’s and the water was even colder, but that didn’t discourage the leapers that were brave enough to take a plunge into the lake, to benefit the special needs kids, and Camp Moore.
Leap in the Lake 2018
During this leap, we had multiple teams from the Sharks, to the very popular Team Patrick’s, which was led by Patrick himself, as he led his team into the water to benefit this cause. The one thing that was missing this year was Ray the 97 year old that had leaped for the last 98 years.
According to the rescue team they had to punch through 4” – 8” of ice in order to make the opening for the jumping teams. Throughout the event this emergency team monitored everyone’s actions to ensure the safety of the jumpers. Suited in dry suits these first responders were ready for action if anyone had an issue with the shock of the sudden cold water, as they leaped, jumped and even swam in the ice cold water.
Luckily, no one seemed to have an issue as they took the great plunge into the cold waters of Lake Hopatcong to benefit this great cause and to benefit this charity.
This was the Ninth Annual Leap in The Lake which supports the Special Needs Kids and Camp Moore.
More about Camp Moore:
Tucked away in the hill of the Ramapo Mountains,Elks Camp Moore offers a fun filled vacation away from home for children with special needs. A week at Elks Camp Moore is a remarkable experience not soon to be forgotten. The primary goal of the camp is to further develop the recreational and social skills of each child. In a relaxed and accepting atmosphere , each camper experiences new adventures, lasting friendships, and opportunities that promote independence and greater self-confidence.