Founded in 1873, Ruggles Camp embraces the mission of teaching youth to be effective leaders and faithful disciples in the United Methodist tradition. Beginning with "Mini Camps" for youngsters (ages 10-12), Ruggles offers a wide selection of youth camps and retreats, including three levels of confirmation camps (for grades 6-7, grades 8-10, and grades 11-12) each spring, Junior High and Senior High Camps each summer, and District Youth Retreats. One of their most popular summer programs is "Marketplace", which annually attracts hundreds of children and adults for a Camping with God experience authentically set in biblical times.


Located just north of Flemingsburg, in Lewis County , Ruggles Camp and Retreat Center regularly serves congregations and assemblies of the Ashland, Covington, and Lexington Districts and beyond. It hosts regional "Walk to Emmaus" spiritual retreats four times each year, quarterly United Methodist Men events, and provides "After Glow" camps for senior adults.





Nov 08 - Kirk Tolle Youth Retreat



Jan 22 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Mar 26 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm

Apr 10 - 11 Shoemaker - Taylor wedding

Apr 30 - May 03 Emmaus Walk - men
May 28 – Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm

Jun 04 - 07 Emmaus Walk - ladies
Jun 23 – 25  – Marketplace - The Early Church
Jul 13 – 18  - Jr High Youth camp
Jul 16 – Campmeeting Opening Night Music Concert
Jul 16 - 26  - 142nd Campmeeting,  evangelist; song leader
Jul 16 - 26  - Daily Bible study @ 10:30 am, Chapel
Jul 18 – Friends of Ruggles, potluck (12n), Auction (1pm)
Jul 19 - 25  - Sr High Youth camp
Jul 22 - Cottage Owners meeting (12n), potluck
Jul 23 - Memorial Service @ 10:30 am
Jul 23 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 6:00 pm, Dinner @ 5:00 pm

Sep 03 - 06 Emmaus Walk - men

Oct 01 - 04 Emmaus Walk - ladies
Oct 22 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm

Year End Gifts - Please consider an end of year gift to Ruggles Camp & Retreat Center this year. Please send all contributions to the mailing address in the left sidebar, or to the mailing address in the paragraph below. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.


Financial contributions, invoices, financial or business inquires should be directed to Kay Grooms, PO Box 98, Manchester OH 45144-0098.


Board Meetings 2015 Tentative Schedule: January 22, March 26, May 28, July 23 (with dinner), and October 22.


If you would be interested in being a camp counselor, please click the indicated link.


Just For Fun: The Reverend Les Grooms, pastor of Augusta Presbyterian Church shares a way to remember the Ten Commandments (pdf) using the 10 fingers of your hands. Give it a try, and feel free to share with your friends.


For more information about scheduling, reservations, and the cost for the use of the Campground or the use of the Retreat Center, please contact Mason Harrod, 6027 Parry Lane,  Maysville, KY 41056; phone 606.759.7783606.759.7783; or use the contact us form . The buildings and grounds use policy, rental agreement, and rental fees can be viewed and printed out by clicking on the indicated link.

So what is a red door doing at the edge of a green forest? Click to discover.

Ruggles proudly adheres to the Safe Sanctuaries Policy of the Kentucky Conference of The United Methodist Church. More information about Safe Sanctuaries and the protection of our children, youth, and vulnerable adults can be found at SafeSancturaries.

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Ruggles Camp & Retreat Center

Mailing Address

PO Box 98
Manchester OH 45144-0098


E911 Address

437 Ruggles Camp Ground

(off Burtonville Rd)

Tollesboro, KY 41189


GPS Coordinates

Lat: 38d 30.383m

Lon: -83d 35.548m




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