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.
2018 ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE:
Jan 25 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Mar 11 - Marketplace - organizational meeting 1 @ 2:00 pm
Mar 22 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Apr 15 - Marketplace - organizational meeting 2 @ 2:00 pm
Apr 23 - Methodist Men's Meeting 6:30 pm
Apr 28 - Soup Supper @ 5 - Dining Hall; Auction @ 6:30 - Retreat Center
May 03 - 06 Emmaus - Men's Walk
May 11 - 12 - Austin Griffith -
May 16 - 20 - Church of God - Priscilla Cooper - All Grounds
May 20 - Marketplace - organizational Meeting 3 @ 2:00 pm
May 24 – Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
May 25 - 27 - Ruth & Jim Finch - Boys Dorm & Kitchen
May 26 - Maysville Trinity UMC - Kid's Outreach - Shelter & Campfire
May 26 - Marketplace meeting 3 - Retreat Center @ 2:00 pm
May 31 - Jun 03 - Emmaus - Women's Walk
Jun 09 - Ruggles - Hall wedding
Jun 10 - 15 - Tri-County Conference - Arthur Moore
Jun 16 - Marketplace - Volunteers Tie-Dye Picnic @ 12 noon
Jun 24 - King Family Reunion, Doug & Louella King, Retreat Center
Jun 25 - Marketplace - setup - 10 am - 3 pm - bring your own lunch
Jun 26 – 28 – Marketplace - youth event - 9 am til 2:30 pm
Jun 29 - Marketplace - clean it up & pack it away for another year
Jun 30 - Bonita Applegate, McCann Family Reunion, Dining Hall
Jul 07 - Hull Wedding - Tabernacle & Retreat Center
Jul 14 - Grayber Family - Dining area
Jul 14 - Polley Family Reunion, Kristy Arthurs, Retreat Center
Jul 15 - Jr High Worker training @ 5 pm
Jul 16 – 21 - Jr High Youth camp
Jul 18 - 29 - 146th Campmeeting - Rev Drew McNeil / Rev Mike Coppersmith evangelists, - music leader - Darrell Polley
Jul 18 - 29 - Daily Bible study @ 10:30 am, Chapel
Jul 21 – Noblemen - Music Concert
Jul 21 – Friends of Ruggles, potluck (12n), Auction (1pm)
Jul 22 - 28 - Sr High Youth camp
Jul 25 - Cottage Owners meeting (12n), potluck
Jul 26 - Memorial Service @ 10:30 am
Jul 26 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 5:30 pm, Dinner @ 4:30 pm
Jul 29 - Bishop Fairley - Speaker for Sunday Night Service
Jul 30 - Ruggles Association of Men and Women @ 6:30
Aug 05 - Farm Bureau Picnic, Retreat Center & Dining Hall
Aug 12 - Boggs Reunion, Retreat Center
Aug 18 - Muses Chapel Church, Cookout - Dining Hall
Aug 19 - Hardymon Reunion, Retreat Center
Aug 21 - Emmaus Picnic
Sep 06 - 09 Emmaus - Men's Walk
Sep 30 - Northern KY Youth Explosion - 4 to 7 pm
Oct 04 - 07 Emmaus - Women's Walk
Oct 20 - Melanie Reis wedding- all grounds
Oct 22 - Ruggles Association of Men and Women
Oct 25 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Oct 27 - Shelby Spaulding
Nov 02 - 04 - Thomas Anderson Jr High Retreat
Nov 09 - 11 - Thomas Anderson Sr High Retreat
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.
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. Safe Sanctuaries training will be available after each Marketplace
Volunteer meeting on April 15, May 20, and June 16.
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