Our camp staff is one of the best parts of camp!

These young women complete a thorough application process, where they submit a written application, submit multiple references attesting to their abilities and character, participate in an interview with our camp director, have a background check and sex offender check completed, and complete a week long training alongside other staff.  Not only do these ladies love working with children and youth, but they love the Lord! This shines through in all they do, and our campers leave camp each summer forever impacted by their ministry and Christian example.

2018 Summer Staff

If you are on a desktop computer, click on the images of our staff below to get to know them a little better through some fun facts!

Year-Round Staff


Camp Director

Cindy Skelton is a native South Carolinian, growing up in Gaffney. She joined the staff of South Carolina Woman’s Missionary Union in 1994 and is the WMU associate responsible for Girls in Action and Children in Action, and serves as the program director for Camp La Vida. 

Cindy graduated from Limestone College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and graduated with a Master of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1993. She served as a journeyman to The Gambia in West Africa from 1988-1990. 

While in school, she served on the staff of Camp La Vida for five summers. Cindy is married to Rick Skelton from Greenville. They are members of St. Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia, where she leads a 4th-6th grade Girls in Action group.



Troy Coates has been serving as our camp business/maintenance manger since 1999. Prior to his time at Camp La Vida, Troy served in the National Guard.

He along with his wife, Flory (who manages the camp kitchen) and son Austin live at camp and take care of everything there. From cabin maintenance to landscaping to budgeting, Troy uses his abilities to keep camp running smoothly so campers can enjoy their stay.

Troy is also grateful for volunteers who come throughout the year and on workdays to help maintain camp and complete special projects. He and his family are currently members at Great Falls Baptist.