RUGGLES Camp and Retreat Center 


Founded in 1873, Ruggles Camp embraces the mission of teaching youth to be effective leaders and faithful disciples. 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 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 general area and beyond. It hosts regional "Walk to Emmaus" spiritual retreats four times each year, quarterly Men & Women's events, and provides "After Glow" camps for senior adults.


Ruggles Camp 150th Celebration Booklet (2023)
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Jan 25 -- Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm

Mar 21 -- Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm (new date)

Apr 14 -- Marketplace organization meeting@ 2:00 pm, Retreat Center

Apr 27 -- Soup Supper @ 5:00 pm & Auction @ 6:00 pm

May 02 - 05 -- Emmaus Walk (men)

May 09 - 12 -- Vanceburg Holiness Church, entire grounds

May 16 - 19 -- Black Oak Chruch, entire grounds

May 19 -- Marketplace organization meeting @ 2:00 pm, Retreat Center

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

May 29 -June 02 -- Spyrun House of Prayer, entire grounds


Jun 01 -- Marketplace Tye Dye / Picnic / @ 11:00 am, Picnic Shelter

Jun 06 - 09 -- 
Emmaus Walk (ladies)

Jun 17 -- Setup for Marketplace

Jun 18 -- 20 Marketplace - Abraham and his descendants

Jul 14 -- Jr Hi Counselors arrive- 

Jul 15 - 20 -- Jr Hi Camp - Worthy of God's Love

Jul 17 - 19 -- Camp Meeting - youth emphasis

Jul 20 - Camp Meeting Singing night

Jul 21 - 27 --Sr Hi Camp - Worthy of God's Love


Jul 21 - 28 -- Camp Meeting 152th @ 7:00 pm - Rev Dan Fredrick, evangelist

Jul 25 -- Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 5:30 pm, meal @ 4:30 pm

Jul 27 -- Friends of Ruggles - meal @ 12:00 n, auction @ 1:00 pm

Jul 29 -- Ruggles Assoc of Men & Women @ 6:30 pm

Aug 03 -- Goodwin Family, Retreat Center

Aug 04 -- Lewis Co Farm Bureau, entire grounds

Aug 09-11 -- Christian Fellowship, entire grounds

Sep 05 - 08 -- Emmaus Walk (men)

Oct 03 - 06 -- Emmaus Walk (ladies)

Oct 21 -- Ruggles Assoc of Men & Women @ 6:00 pm


Oct 24 -- Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm

Financial contributions, invoices, financial or business inquiries 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 2024 Schedule: January 25, March 21 (new date), May 23, July 25, and October 24. NOTE - schedule may be altered due to weather.

Just For Fun: The late Reverend Les Grooms, former pastor of Augusta Presbyterian Church shared 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, text message to -- 606.407.2021, email ; 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


Top image courtesy of Rev E Patterson, lower image courtesy of L Poe-Williams.

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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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