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 Kentucky East, Northern Kentucky, 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.


The campground will remain closed due to the Covid-19 virus thru March 29.  Further information to come when it is available.



Jan 23 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm


Mar 20 - KY East District Clergy - Canceled

Mar 28 - Marketplace Meeting - Canceled

Apr 25 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 4:00 pm

Apr 25 - Soup Supper @ 5 Dining Hall, Music @ 6:00, Auction @ 7:00 Retreat Center 
Apr 30 - May 3 - Emmaus Walk - men - Canceled


May 14 - 16 - Austin Griffitt's - All grounds 
May 23 - Marketplace Meeting Retreat Center 2:00pm

May 28 – Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm


Jun 04 - 07 -  Emmaus Walk - women - Canceled
Jun 13 - Marketplace tie dye picnic 12:00 noon at Shelter 

Jun 14 - 19 -  Tri-County Conference - All Grounds
Jun 19-20 - Bradley-Hughes Wedding - Entire campground

Jun 22 - Marketplace - setup - 10 am - 3 pm - bring your own lunch

Jun 23 – 25  – Marketplace - youth event - 9 am til 2:30 pm

Jun 28 - King Family Reunion - Dining Hall


Jul 11 - Polley Family Reunion - Retreat Center

Jul 12 - Jr High Worker training @ 5 pm

Jul 13 – 18 - Jr High Youth camp; , dean
Jul 15 - 26 - 148th Campmeeting - Rev  / Rev  evangelists;  music leader - 
Jul 15 - 26 - Daily Bible study @ 10:30 am, Chapel
Jul 18 – Friends of Ruggles, potluck (12n), Auction (1pm)
Jul 18 –  - Music Concert
Jul 20 - 25  - Sr High Youth camp; , dean
Jul 22 - Cottage Owners meeting (12n), potluck
Jul 23 - Memorial Service @ 10:30 am
Jul 23 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 5:30 pm, Dinner @ 4:30 pm


Aug 02 - Farm Bureau Picnic - Retreat Center

Aug 09 - Boggs Family Reunion - Retreat Center

Aug 16 - Hardymon Reunion - Retreat Center

Aug 25 - Emmaus Picnic


Sep 10 - 13 - Emmaus Walk - men - All Grounds

Sep 17 - 20 - Black Oak Church of God

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




Financial contributions, invoices, financial or business inquires should be directed to Jeffrey Rice, Treasurer, % Ruggles Camp & Retreat Center, 2104 Wiltshire Place, Lexington KY 40515.

Any Time of the Year Gifts - Please consider an any Time of the Year gift to Ruggles Camp & Retreat Center this year. Please send all contributions to the mailing address in the paragraph above. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.


Board Meetings 2020 Schedule: January 23, April 25, May 28, July 23 (with dinner), and October 22.

Plastic cap and lid project for making benches and tables. The Camp is starting to collect plastic caps and lids to create benches and tables for camp use. For more details, click on the link above.

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 Laura Poe-Williams, phone -- 606.407.2021, ; 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 Stained Glass 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

For the latest news and information from the Kentucky UMC Conference, please check their web site.


For the latest online news and information from the national United Methodist Church, please check their web site.


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Ruggles Camp & Retreat Center


Physical Address

437 Ruggles Camp Ground
Tollesboro, KY 41189


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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