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.


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 27 -- Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm

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

Apr 23
-- Ginn Birthday Party; Outdoor Picnic Shelter / Restrooms; 12:00-3:00pm

Apr 23 -- Soup Supper/Auction starting @ 5:00 pm

Apr 24 -- 1st Marketplace Org Meeting @ 2:00 pm - Retreat Center

Apr 30 -- Osman Family; Dining hall/restrooms

May 05 - 08 -- Church of God - Spring Meeting

May 12 - 15 -- Emmaus Walk - Men

May 19 - 21 -- Vanceburg Holiness Church

May 22 -- 2nd
 Marketplace Org Meeting @ 2:00 pm - Retreat Center


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

Jun 02 - 05 -- Emmaus Walk - women

Jun 11 -- Marketplace Leaders - T-shirt  Tie-dye @ 11:00 am Picnic Shelter

June 12 - 17 -- Tri-County Camp Meeting - Entire camp grounds

Jun 20 -- Marketplace - setup day

Jun 21 - 23 - Marketplace (in-person) - Donna Shoemaker, dean

Jun 25
-- Perry Wedding; Retreat Center/outdoor pond area 

Jun 26 -- 
King Family Reunion, Dining Hall & restrooms

Jul 02 -- McCann Reunion; Dining hall/restrooms

Jul 09 -- Polley Reunion - Retreat Center

Jul 18 - 23 -- Jr Hi Camp - Debbie Taylor, dean; Lamont Taylor, Co-Dean. 

Jul 20 - 31 -- Camp Meeting, 150th Year, 7:00 pm each night -- 
the topic "Enter In" 

Jul 20 - 22 -- Camp Meeting; Evangelist - Drew McNeill

Jul 23 -- Camp Meeting; Music Night by Satisfied

Jul 24 - 31 -- Camp Meeting; Evangelist -Matt Henson; Music Leaders - Harriet Groh and Bryan Huston

Jul 24 - 30 -- Sr Hi Camp - , Dean


Jul 28 -- Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 5:30 pm, meal @ 4:30 pm

Aug 05 - 07 -- Esh Family Reunion; Entire grounds

Aug 07
- Lewis County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Retreat Center

Aug 12 - 13 -- Stone/Carver Wedding


Sep 08 - 11 -- Emmaus Walk - men

Sep 24 -- Tumlin/Thurman Wedding


Oct 06 - 09 -- Emmaus Walk -- women


Oct 27 -- 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 2022 Schedule: January 27, March 24, May 26, July 28, and October 27. NOTE - schedule may be altered due to weather or Covid19 pandemic.

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, be advised that there are NO available NEW rental dates for May, June, and July.  Existing reservations can contact the landline of Ruggles for any needed assistance or information.  That number is (606)799-9704.  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.


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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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