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 events, and provides "After Glow" camps for senior adults.


All campground activities will follow Covid-19 guidelines in effect at the time of the activity, camp, etc.  Further information to come when it is available.



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

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

Apr 16 -- Marketplace organizational meeting @ 2:00 pm 

Apr 16 -- Jr Hi Camp Workers meeting @ 4:00 pm

Apr 22 -- Annual Soup Supper @ 5:00 pm & Auction @ 6:00 pm

May 04 - 07 -- Emmaus Men's Walk

May 12 - 13 -- 
Vanceburg Holiness Church, entire grounds

May 18 - 21 -- Black Oak Church Of God, entire grounds

May 21 -- Marketplace organizational meeting @ 2:00 pm

May 25 -- Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm

Jun 01 - 04 -- Emmaus Women's Walk

Jun 10 -- Marketplace Leaders - T-Shirt Tie-Dye @ 11:00 am Shelter

Jun 11 - 16 -- Tri-County Camp Meeting, entire grounds

Jun 19 -- Marketplace set up day

Jun 20 - 22 -- Marketplace -  Genesis-In The Beginning

Jul 08 -- Geagley Family Event, Dining Hall/Restrooms

Jul 15 -- Patterson Family, Retreat Center

Jul 17 - 22 -- Jr High Camp, Deans - Lamont & Debbie Taylor

Jul 19 - 21 -- Camp Meeting - Rev. Robbie Shrout, Pastor, Flemingsburg 1st UMC, Youth Evangelist, Theme - Symphony of Praise

Jul 20, 21, 24, 25, 26,  & 28 - Morning Bible Study @ 10:30 am - w  Rev Charlie & Rev. Jane Shoemaker

Jul 22 -- Camp Meeting, Gospel Concert, Darrell Polley and His Friends of Faith

Jul 23 - 29 -- Sr High Camp, Dean - Lamont Taylor 

Jul 23 - 30 -- Camp Meeting; Roy Lauter, evangelist; Bryan Hudson, song leader, Theme - Symphony of Praise

Jul 27 -- Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 5:30 pm, meal @ 4:30 pm

Jul 29
-- Friends of Ruggles - lunch @ noon / Auction  to follow

Jul 30 -- 
My Carmel Methodist Church, Retreat Center, Service and potluck luncheon

Jul 31 -- Ruggles Association of Men/Women

Aug 06 -- Lewis Co Farm Bureau - Entire campgrounds

Aug 11 - 13 -- Christian Fellowship Church, entire grounds

Aug 20 -- Hardymon Family Reunion, Retreat Center


Aug 26 -- Vanceburg Holiness Church, Picnic Shelter/playground

Sep 09 -- 
Cooper Reunion, Dining hall/restrooms 

Sep 16 -- Patterson Celebration, Retreat Center

Sep 24 -- Neptune/Olivet Church Service

Oct 05 - 08 -- Emmaus Women's Walk

Oct 26 -- Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm

Nov 23 -- 
Cooper Family - Retreat Center


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 2023 Schedule: January 26, March 23, May 25, July 27, and October 26. NOTE - schedule may be altered due to weather.

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, 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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