Camp Fire’s National Youth Advisory Cabinet is a group of young people that regularly advises our National Leadership Team, which includes, the President & CEO, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, and Director of Marketing and Communications. Including young people in our decision-making is what makes Camp Fire the organization that it is – an organization that is committed to meeting youth and families where they are, and to creating safe spaces where young people can bring their full selves. As part of this Youth Advisory Cabinet, you will be a part of that legacy.



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In YAC, young people will experience:


Safe space where young people can bring their full selves,

Connect with other young people,

In an engaging and fun way,

That honors the power of young people and,

Meaningfully includes them in decision-making at Camp Fire NHQ.

Our Statement of Inclusion


Camp Fire believes in the dignity and the intrinsic worth of every human being. We welcome, affirm, and support young people and adults of all abilities and disabilities, experiences, races, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, religion and non-religion, citizenship and immigration status, and any other category people use to define themselves or others. We strive to create safe and inclusive environments that celebrate diversity and foster positive relationships.

In order to apply…

  • Must be age 16 – 18 
  • Must be available for a one-year term commitment (follows the school year calendar) (with the opportunity to serve 2 terms total)
  • Able to commit to one meeting per month (with the ability to have more meetings if the group desires)
  • Has participated in at least one Camp Fire-related program/event/etc. 
  • Understanding that as a YAC member you must professionally represent Camp Fire in your community and on the internet


Because this is a National Youth Advisory Cabinet, we do use technology to communicate. However, please do not be deterred from applying if access to technology is something that could be an issue for you. Camp Fire is committed to making sure that each member can fully participate.



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Current 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.


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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