The Westchester Family YMCA is offering a variety of winter programs for youths over the next couple of months.

The YMCA Winter Camp, which runs for three weeks from Monday, December 17th, to Friday, January 4th, offers a variety of activities, including field trips, arts and crafts, music and movements and swimming to children ages five to 13.

For fifth-through-12th-graders, the YMCA is offering a snowboarding camp at Camp Whittle in the San Bernardino Mountains Wednesday through Sunday, December 26th to 30th. The cost is $360 for YMCA members and $400 for nonmembers.

The Westchester YMCA climbing wall has also reopened and offers an adventure for those who love to challenge themselves. The program teaches the basics of climbing in a fun, safe cooperative setting, according to the YMCA. Climbers learn basic techniques and movement, gear use, knot tying, and communication skills. The climbing wall is free for YMCA members ages seven and up.

The new season of Junior Lakers/Sparks basketball for youngsters four to 13 begins in January. The program emphasizes basketball fundamentals, good sportsmanship, fair play and family involvement.

Junior Lakers/Sparks basketball is open to all members of the YMCA at $75 for returning players and $100 for new players.

Also in January, a new session of Lighten Up is scheduled to begin. The program encourages weight loss through exercise, nutrition and spiritual well-being.

The Westchester Family YMCA continues to offer swim lessons for all ages, a variety of group exercise classes and a free 12-week fitness program for new members.

Registration for winter programs is under way.

Information, (310) 670-4316 or www.ymcala.org/wc/.

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