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 12 - 17 -- Jr Hi Camp - Debbie Taylor, dean; Lamont Taylor, Co-Dean. Poster.

Jul 14 - 25 -- Camp Meeting, 149th Year, 7:00 pm each night -- 
the topic is Pressed But Not Crushed

 

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 CampRev. 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

 

Jul 25 --  Mt Carmel UMC, Retreat Center

Jul 31 -- Miranda Bentley Wedding

Aug 15 -- Hardymon Reunion - Retreat Center

Sep 09 - 12 -- Emmaus walk - men
(CANCELED)

 

Sep 19 -- Nepton/Olivet Church Service

Oct 14 - 17 -- Emmaus Walk - women

Oct 25 -- Ruggles Assoc Men & Women - fall meet - meal 6 pm

 

Oct 28 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm

 

 

 

2022  ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE:

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

 

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

May 12 - 15 -- Emmaus Walk - Men

 

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

Jun 02 - 05 -- Emmaus Walk - women

 

Jun 20 -- Marketplace - setup day

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

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

Jul 20 - 30 -- Camp Meeting, 150th Year, 7:00 pm each night -- 
the topic TBA

Jul 20 - 22 -- Evangelist - ; , Music Leaders


Jul 23 - Music Night

Jul 24 - 31 -- Evangelist - ; , Music Leader

Jul 24 - 30 -- Sr Hi Camp - , Dean

 

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

 

Sep 08 - 11 -- Emmaus Walk - men

 

Oct 06 - 09 -- Emmaus Walk -- women

 

Oct 27 - 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 2022 Schedule: January 27, March 24, May 26, July 28, and October 27. NOTE - schedule may be altered due to weather or 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, lawpoe@gmail.com ; 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


For the latest news and information from the Kentucky UMC Conference, please check their web site.

 

For the latest online news and information from the national United Methodist Church, 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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