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.
2016 ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE:
Feb 25 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm (CANCELLED!!)
Mar 17 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm (UPDATED DATE!)
Apr 15 - 17 Bethel UMC
Apr 17 - Marketplace - 1st organizational meeting @ 2:30 pm
Apr 23 - Soup Supper @ 5, Music @ 6, Auction @ 7 - Retreat Center
Apr 23 - Stephanie Story, McCann reunion, Retreat Center
Apr 25 - Methodist Men's Meeting
Apr 28 - May 1 - Emmaus Walk - Men
May 06 & 07 - Zach Williams Wedding, all grounds
May 14 - Reach Out Kids Picnic. John Denham
May 15 - 21 - Black Oak Church of God, all grounds
May 22 - Marketplace - 2nd organizational meeting @ 2:30 pm
May 26 – Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
May 28 - C Thomas - Wedding
Jun 02 - 05 - Emmaus Walk - ladies
Jun 11 & 12 - Ray Reunion
Jun 26 - King Family Reunion, Doug & Louella King, Dining Hall
Jun 27 - Marketplace - setup - 10 am - 3 pm - bring your own lunch
Jun 28 – 30 – Marketplace - - 9 am til 2 pm (NEW DATE!!!)
Jul 01 - Marketplace - tear down & pack up for next year
Jul 02 - Bonita Applegate, McCann Family Reunion, Dining Hall
Jul 09 - Polley Family Reunion, Kristy Arthurs, Retreat Center
Jul 17 - Jr High Worker training @ 4 pm
Jul 18 – 23 - Jr High Youth camp
Jul 21 – Noblemen - Campmeeting Opening Night Concert
Jul 21 - 31 - 144th Campmeeting, Stan Key, evangelist; song leader -
Jul 21 - 31 - Daily Bible study @ 10:30 am, Chapel
Jul 23 – Friends of Ruggles, potluck (12n), Auction (1pm)
Jul 24 - 30 - Sr High Youth camp
Jul 27 - Cottage Owners meeting (12n), potluck
Jul 28 - Memorial Service @ 10:30 am
Jul 28 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 5:30 pm, Dinner @ 4:30 pm
Jul 30 - Methdoist Mens Meeting @ 5:30
Aug 01 - 3 - Triple County Conference, Bro Arthur Moore
Aug 05 & 06 - J Moore - N Rankin - wedding
Aug 07 - Farm Bureau Picnic, Retreat Center & Dining Hall
Aug 13 - Mike Ruggles, Retreat Center
Aug 14 - Boggs Reunion, Retreat Center
Aug 20 - Muses Chapel Church, Cookout
Aug 21 - Hardymon Reunion, Retreat Center
Aug 23 - Emmaus picnic, Shelter & Tabernacle
Aug 27 - Cassie Elliott & Tyler Hunt Wedding, all grounds
Aug 28 - Tollesboro UMC, Picnic Shelter
Sep 01 - 04 - Emmaus Walk - men
Sep 09 - First Baptist Church
Sep 16 - 18 - Morehead CRU, Rich Duffield, all grounds
Sep 24 - Pollitt Family Reunion, Retreat Center
Oct 01 - Stout & Ginn Wedding
Oct 06 - 09 - Emmaus Walk - ladies
Oct 21 - 23 - Emanuel UMC Jr High Camp, all grounds
Oct 24 - Ruggles Methodist Men's meeting
Oct 27 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Oct 28 - 30 - Emanuel UMC Sr High Camp, all grounds
Any Time of Year Gifts - Please consider an any Time of 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 Kay Grooms, PO Box 98, Manchester OH 45144-0098.
Board Meetings 2016 Schedule: March 17, May 26, July 28 (with dinner), and October27.
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.
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