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.
2019 ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE:
Jan 24 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Mar 09 - Marketplace Organizational Meeting @ 2:00 pm
Mar 28 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
April 12 - 13 Confirmation Retreat - coordinator Rev Eric Patterson
Apr 27 - Soup Supper @ 5 - Dining Hall; Auction @ 6:30 - Retreat Center
Apr 29 - Ruggles Association of Men and Women 6:30 pm
May 2 - 5 - Emmaus Walk - men - All Grounds
May 9 - 11 - Austin Griffit
May 16 - 19 - Church of God - P Cooper - All Grounds
May 18 - Marketplace Organizational Meeting @ Tollesboro UMC @ 2:00 pm
May 23 – Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
May 30 - Jun 2 - Emmaus Walk - women - All Grounds
Jun 8 - Trent Voyles' Graduation Party - Dining Hall
Jun 9 - Rachel Applegate - Shelter House
Jun 9 - 14 - Tri-County Conference - Rev A Moore - All Grounds
Jun 15 - Marketplace Organizational Meeting, cookout, tie dye @ 11:00 am
Jun 24 - Marketplace - setup - 10 am - 3 pm - bring your own lunch
Jun 25 – 27 – Marketplace - youth event - 9 am til 2:30 pm
Jun 30 - King Family Reunion - Dining Hall
Jul 6 - McCann Family Reunion - Dining Hall
Jul 13 - Polley Family Reunion - Retreat Center
Jul 14 - Jr High Worker training @ 5 pm
Jul 15 – 20 - Jr High Youth camp; Demarion Johnson, dean
Jul 17 - 28 - 147th Campmeeting - Rev Drew Oakley / Rev Matt Henson evangelists, - music leader - Harriett Groh
Jul 17 - 28 - Daily Bible study @ 10:30 am, Chapel
Jul 20 – Friends of Ruggles, potluck (12n), Auction (1pm)
Jul 20 – Noblemen - Music Concert
Jul 21 - 27 - Sr High Youth camp; Adam Caskey, dean
Jul 24 - Cottage Owners meeting (12n), potluck
Jul 25 - Memorial Service @ 10:30 am
Jul 25 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 5:30 pm, Dinner @ 4:30 pm
Jul 29 - Ruggles Association of Men and Women 6:30 pm
Aug 4 - Farm Bureau Picnic - Retreat Center
Aug 11 - Boggs Family Reunion - Retreat Center
Aug 18 - Hardymon Family Reunion - Retreat Center
Aug 24 - Barbara Vice - Dining Hall
Sep 5 - 8 - Emmaus Walk - men - All Grounds
Oct 3 - 6 - Emmaus Walk - women - All Grounds
Oct 22 - Ruggles Association of Men and Women
Oct 24 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Anytime of the Year Gifts - Please consider an Anytime of the 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 Rev Jim Finch, % Ruggles Camp & Retreat Center, 437 Ruggles Camp Ground, Tollesboro KY 41189.
Board Meetings 2019 Schedule: January 24, March 28, May 23, July 25 (with dinner), and October 24.
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 Donna Grayson, 575 Lee Hollow Rd, Tollesboro, KY 41189; phone 606.798.2601; 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.
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