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.
2021 ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE:
Jan 28 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Mar 28 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Apr 11 - Marketplace - Workers Meeting @ 2:00 pm
Apr 24 - 25 -- Cooper Wedding, Tabernacle, and Picnic Shelter
May 02 - Marketplace - Workers Meeting @ 2:00 pm (Safe Sanctuary Training)
May 13 - 16 -- Vanceburg Church of God
May 28 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Jun 04 -- Spaghetti Supper @ 5; Auction @ 6
Jun 12 - Marketplace - Workers Meeting @ 11:00 am (Leader tie-dye shirts)
Jun 21 - Marketplace - setup day
Jun 22-24 - Marketplace (in-person) - Donna Shoemaker, dean
Jun 27 -- King Family reunion - Dining Hall
Jul 03 -- Applegate Family Reunion; Dining Hall
July 10 -- Polley Family Reunion
Jul 14 - 16 -- Evangelist - Rev Jeremy Moore; Brandi & Travis Hickerson, Music Leaders
Jul 17 -- Satisfied performing for Music Night
Jul 18 - 25 -- Evangelist - Rev Tim Johnson; Harriet Groh, Music Leader
Jul 18 - 24 -- Sr Hi Camp - Rev. Bob Sweeney, Dean
Jul 22 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 5:30 pm, meal @ 4:30 pm
Jul 24 -- Friends of Ruggles Lunch (Noon) & Auction To Follow
25 -- Mt Carmel UMC, Retreat
Jul 31 -- Miranda Bentley Wedding
Aug 15 -- Hardymon Reunion - Retreat Center
Sep 09 - 12 -- Emmaus walk - men (CANCELED)
Oct 28 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Financial contributions, invoices, financial or business inquires 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 2021 Schedule: January 28, March 25, May 28, July 22, and October 28. NOTE - schedule may be altered due to Covid19 pandemic.
Plastic cap and lid project for making benches and tables. The Camp is starting to collect plastic caps and lids to create benches and tables for camp use. For more details, click on the link above.
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, phone -- 606.407.2021, firstname.lastname@example.org ; 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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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.
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