Youth Advisory Cabinet

Youth Advisory Cabinet

National Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC)

YAC ensures youth voice in Camp Fire’s Movement, from policy to decision-making.

Members serve as a strong voice for kids and teens nationwide—whether or not they’ve ever been a part of Camp Fire.

YAC is selected annually through a highly competitive application and interview process. Teens who have been active in Camp Fire are strongly encouraged to apply. However, Camp Fire participation is not required.

We seek high school and college students, anywhere in the U.S., who represent the broad spectrum of young people committed to community service and leadership.

Our current YAC is composed of 10 youth from around the country. The YAC Chair serves as a full voting member of the National Board of Trustees. If you’re interested, please APPLY NOW. Application deadline is Sept. 25.

The National Youth Advisory Cabinet Commitment

We are the voice of Camp Fire.

We connect today’s youth with Camp Fire National Headquarters.

We are leaders, NOW.

We work to Light the Fire Within.

We are the National Youth Advisory Cabinet.

What does the YAC do?

  • Advises Camp Fire National Headquarters on how to best communicate with kids and teens.
  • Helps Camp Fire National Headquarters develop strategies to reach new youth with its robust programs while continuing to light the fire within current participants.
  • Represents Camp Fire nationally and locally at key conferences and special events.
  • Adopts service projects and major initiatives that measurably advance the National YAC responsibilities, purpose, and promise.

As far as time commitment, members spend approximately 1-4 hours per week (2 hours on average) contributing to the work of Camp Fire National Headquarters. This might include:

1. Giving feedback to councils, National Headquarters, and other YAC members when asked.

2. Participating in bi-weekly YAC calls.

3. Having discussion calls on other topics as needed.

4. Maintaining communication with any of the 55 Camp Fire councils nationwide.

5. Other position-specific responsibilities, depending on your role in YAC.

Interested? Application deadline is Sept. 25. APPLY NOW!

In order to serve on YAC, you must…

  • Have reached the age of 16 by the first day of term (January 1) and will not attain age 21 in your first year of term.
  • Be active in your community through volunteering, community service, or a leadership position.
  • Be willing to make a two-year commitment.
  • Be open to the opinions and perspectives of others, and be willing to try new things.
  • Have a passion for bettering yourself, your community, the world in which we live.

Interested? APPLY NOW! Application deadline is Sept. 25. We can’t wait to hear from you.

For more information on joining the YAC, please contact Camp Fire at

For more specific information and descriptions of programs in your area, find your local Camp Fire.

National YAC Members

Nathaniel Collins (Chair) is senior at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, studying Business Management. He has been involved in Camp Fire for the last 10 years, first as a camper, then as a counselor, and now as the Chair of the National Youth Advisory Cabinet. Nathaniel is a Community Advisor, which allows him to create a fun, open, and inclusive environment for a diverse group of students who are just getting started with their adventures at Iowa State. Throughout his two years in YAC, Nathaniel has most enjoyed planning and leading activities at the Youth Leadership Experiences in 2015 and 2013. Within YAC, Nathaniel is most passionate about council communication, which he has helped to place at the forefront of their attention, since beginning as the Chair. Outside of YAC, he is most concerned with environmental conservation, climate change, and numerous social justice issues.

Morgan Roth is a 19-year-old at Florida Atlantic University studying Criminal Justice in hopes of one day working for the FBI. Morgan is fascinated with history, music, criminology, and psychology as well as has a deep love for nature and the outdoors. In her spare time Morgan enjoys being active in her sorority, volunteering with her Camp Fire center back in her hometown of Lakeland, Fl, working with children, and camping. Morgan has a deep passion for community service and strives to be actively involved in her community and council in hopes others will gain the same passion for volunteering. She believes that every child or teen should discover who they are and embrace themselves despite what society might say is “normal”. Morgan now serves as the Vice Chair for YAC.

Anna Torchia is a senior theatre major (directing and writing) at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. She has worked with Stephens’ Playhouse Theatre Company and Warehouse Theatre Company, as well as had internships with Barrington Stage Company, InterUrban ArtHouse, and studied at National Theatre Institute at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. In her free time, Anna likes to travel, read, and spend time outdoors. Anna has been involved with Camp Fire for four years, serving on the YAC since her senior year of high school; Camp Fire has helped her develop strong leadership skills and discover her spark in life. She is passionate about youth leadership and comprehensive, affordable education in order to develop and inspire future leaders.

Emma Schmidtzinsky is a 17-year-old high school junior from Olympia, Washington. She is currently enrolled in a full International Baccalaureate (IB) course load and has high hopes of using the skills gained from these classes to achieve her dream of one day becoming a pediatric doctor. Emma has been a member of Camp Fire for the past six years in various areas; including group programing, as well as involvement from camper to staff for both resident and day camps in her area. Emma’s love of Camp Fire comes from the spark it has instilled within her for youth as well as public service. Emma loves that Camp Fire offers youth a safe environment to express themselves and gain newfound skills and self-confidence. In addition to serving on YAC, Emma enjoys spending time in nature, working on her WoHeLo with her Camp Fire group, camping, cooking, and working at her favorite summer camp.

McKenzie Napier is a junior at Mountain View High School in Bend, Oregon, where she is a member of the speech and debate team, nordic ski team, and student body council. McKenzie joined Camp Fire in elementary school because she loved the different camps she was able to participate in. Today, McKenzie is completing her WoHeLo and volunteering as a counselor at a local summer camp. She also joined her local Camp Fire board of directors as a youth representative. McKenzie wanted to be part of the Camp Fire National Youth Advisory Cabinet to help an organization that is a huge part of her life. She loves having this unique opportunity as a teen to be able to work in a group that can have a big impact.

Jessica Dunn is a 17-year-old from Arroyo Grande, California. She is currently a Senior at her local high school. In terms of the future, she will be attending Chico State University majoring in Liberal studies with a desire to pursue a teaching credential. With her degree she then plans to move abroad, to a third world poverty stricken area and teach English. She is motivated to make a difference due to her unwavering dedication to the act of giving back. Some of Jessica’s hobbies include: baking/cooking (yes, with that comes eating), yoga, all aspects of the outdoors (whether that’s hiking, camping, swimming, or stargazing), and her passion for being involved with her community through Camp Fire, Young Life, leadership, her church, and any other areas of service.

Jessica thrives when challenged; she perseveres when given a difficult task, and she refuses to admit defeat. She uses these strengths to help others. As seen with her acquired 2,786 community service hours in the last four years. Jessica keeps those around her comfortable with the outpouring of love she is constantly providing.

Nathan Alexander is from Wichita Falls, Texas, and is Freshman at Prairie View A&M University in Houston, Texas. Studying Political Science, he hopes to eventually become a politician. On the Campus of Prairie View A&M, Nathan serves as the Vice President of the Freshman Class. Camp Fire has always been one of Nathan’s spark. Growing up in Camp Fire North Texas and climbing the ladder from a camper to a board member. He is truly grateful to be a part of such an amazing organization. Throughout the past 13 years Nathan has been able to use all skills gained at Camp Fire to his everyday life, at school and as a leader in the community. In 2015, Nathan was the recipient of the Texas Leadership Excellence Award. The commitment of local council staff formed his experiences as a young person and, as such, is honored to give back to Camp Fire. Nathan joined the National Youth Advisory Cabinet in 2016, and now serves as the Secretary.

Nicole Pate is a 19-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska. She is currently a freshman at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff Arizona, studying Exercise Science with a minor in Health and Wellness Coaching with plans to become a traveling Physical Therapist in the future. Some of Nicole’s hobbies include: playing with dogs, eating vegan pizza, spending time outside, driving her Subaru through the snow and watching her little brother play baseball. Nicole has been involved with Camp Fire since she was six-years-old and was an LIT for two summers, and this past summer she was a camp counselor at the summer camp she grew up going to.

Samantha Coughlan is a 16-year-old from Everett, Washington. She is currently attending her junior year at Everett High School, but takes her classes through Everett Community College as a full-time running start student. She plans on earning her Associate’s degree by the time she graduates high school and would like to transfer to a university to study Chemistry. Samantha has been a Camp Fire member since she was in kindergarten and is a fourth-generation Camp Fire girl. She is working toward earning her WoHeLo award. During the past summer, she completed year one of the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program at her local Camp Fire summer camp, Camp Killoqua. She excited to be a part of the Youth Advisor Cabinet and is looking forward to her first term. Samantha spends a lot of time volunteering at Camp Fire events in her area, Everett high school’s Torch Honors program, and the Assistance league of Everett as an Assisteen member. Several of the activities she enjoys most are skiing/snowboarding, running, playing tennis, reading, photography, and yoga. Samantha loves working with young children and teaches ski lessons to children of all ages.

Shirley Tang