The National Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC) is a group of youth that provides youth voice and guidance to the National Board of Trustees for Camp Fire National Headquarters. Youth on the national YAC will:


  • Plan and execute a national conference for Camp Fire every other year
  • Receive professional development and mentorship opportunities
  • Connect with youth from all across the country
  • Participate in leadership opportunities that are 100% youth-led



  • Age 16 – 22
  • Must be available for a two-year term commitment
  • Able to commit up to 5 hours a week to YAC work
  • Understanding that as a YAC member you must professionally represent Camp Fire in your community and on the internet

National YAC Members


Nicole Pate (YAC Chair)

Nicole is originally from Anchorage, Alaska. She is studying Exercise Science with a minor in Disability Studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, with plans to become a traveling Physical Therapist in the future. Nicole is the President of Omega Phi Alpha, the National Service Sorority, as well as President for the United Campus Ministry group on campus. Nicole has served on Camp Fire’s National Youth Advisory Cabinet for three years. She spent the last year serving as Secretary until she was voted in as Vice Chair in May. She has been involved with Camp Fire since she was six years old, was a Leader in Training for two summers, and a camp counselor for three summers at the camp she grew up attending. Some of Nicole’s hobbies include: volunteering with her community service sorority, hiking around northern Arizona, eating pizza, and spending time outside in her hammock.

Maggie Bailey

Maggie Bailey is a junior at Freeman High School in Rockford, WA and running start student at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. Maggie has been involved in Camp Fire since she was three years old starting in clubs, and attending camp. She has also been a camp counselor assistant, a youth member for the local council’s board of directors and is currently working toward her WoHeLo. Maggie serves on several is commissions, boards and councils in the Spokane area, which allows her find her express her voice with issues that face teens in the community. She provides service to her community in a variety of areas bring opportunities to her Camp Fire council as well as her peers. Maggie has found her spark in youth leadership and hopes to use this to reach youth to show them their full potential. She is excited for her first term on YAC and the opportunity to work with others with the same interests. In Maggie’s spare time she enjoys basketball, throwing events in track, connecting with friends.

Owen Schmidtzinsky

Owen Schmidtzinsky is a sophomore at Capital High School in Olympia, WA. He is planning to becoming a pediatrician. He spends his free time with photography, playing guitar, and with friends. He is a part of Student Council as Sophomore Vice President, a member of the DECA marketing club, and National Honors Society (NHS). Owen found Camp Fire through a local summer camp when he was 4-years-old. He spent the past summer there as a Counselor-In-Training (CIT). This will be Owen’s eigth summer at camp, now as a volunteer. He has found his spark in helping others and in pursuing medicine. This is Owen’s first term on YAC and he’s very excited to see how he can make a positive impact.

Catherine Loye

Catherine Loye is a 17-year- old from Bordentown, New Jersey. She is currently a senior at Bordentown Regional High School, in Bordentown, NJ. She plans to study Public Health next fall at Mercer County Community College and earn her Associates degree with plans to work towards becoming an emergency room physician in the future. She plans to transfer to Johns Hopkins University after completing her Associates degree and continuing her studies in Public Health. Some of Catherine’s hobbies are: playing field hockey, reading, watching Netflix, volunteering, shopping, playing with dogs, and hanging out with friends. Catherine has been involved with Camp Fire for two years and she has been a camp counselor for the first Ignite Your Spark camp in Bordentown, NJ.

Our Promise

Young people want to shape the world.

Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.

In Camp Fire, it begins now.

Light the fire within