Nikki McCann, 17, was selected through a competitive application process to serve on Camp Fire’s National Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC). McCann is one of a select group of teen leaders who serve from across the nation. The YAC members range in age from 16-21.

McCann will be a crucial part in planning Camp Fire’s national teen initiatives. “Camp Fire is an organization that has always built its foundation on the importance of youth voice,” said Julia Fleenor, staff liaison to the National YAC. “The cabinet is the collective voice of teens from around the nation. We rely on them to keep us up-to-date to ensure our programming is relevant to the needs and concerns of young people.”

During her two-year term, McCann will participate in and plan several Camp Fire national events and projects. “I grew up in Camp Fire, joining when I was just three years old. I have learned so much through my experiences: first as a club member, next as the youth director of teen leadership retreats, then as a junior trustee of the board. Camp Fire has a rich history of meaningful work and I am excited to use the skills that I have gained to represent the spirit of California on a national level,” McCann said.

Camp Fire Heart of California serves over 300 youth per year in Fresno, Madera, Merced, and Stanislaus counties. Youth learn about their sparks, community service, and leadership through camp and club programming. The council relies on a volunteer base of over 70 adults.

Camp Fire Heart of California CEO Kim Lopez said, “We are so proud to have a member of our community serving on a national scale. We look forward to supporting Nikki and seeing her represent the voice of Central California youth.”