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.
2017 ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE:
Jan 26 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Mar 18 - Marketplace - organizational meeting 1 @ 2:00 pm
Mar 23 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Apr 15 - Leiss Wedding
Apr 22 - Marketplace - organizational meeting 2 @ 4:00 pm
Apr 22 - Soup Supper @ 5, Music @ 6, Auction @ 7 - Retreat Center
Apr 24 - Methodist Men's Meeting 6:30 pm
Apr 28 - 30 - Bethel UMC - J D Young - All Grounds
May 04 - 07 Emmaus - Men's Walk
May 13 - Marketplace - organizational meeting 3 @ 2:00 pm
May 18 - 21 - Church of God - Priscilla Cooper - All Grounds
May 25 – Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
May 27 - Jerry Corns
Jun 01 - 04 Emmaus - Women's Walk
Jun 10 - Elliott Wedding - outdoors
Jun 11 - Randy Applegate - shelter
Jun 17 - Tim Wright Benefit
Jun 25 - King Family Reunion, Doug & Louella King, Retreat Center
Jun 26 - Marketplace - setup - 10 am - 3 pm - bring your own lunch
Jun 27 – 29 – Marketplace - youth event - 9 am til 2:30 pm (NEW DATE)
Jun 29 pm - Marketplace - clean it up & pack it away for another year
Jul 01 - Bonita Applegate, McCann Family Reunion, Dining Hall
Jul 03 - 04 - Leon Esh - All Grounds
Jul 08 - Polley Family Reunion, Kristy Arthurs, Retreat Center
Jul 16 - Jr High Worker training @ 4 pm
Jul 17 – 22 - Jr High Youth camp
Jul 19 - 21 - Campmeeting - Youth emphasis, -speaker, -music leader
Jul 22 – Noblemen - Campmeeting Opening Night Concert
Jul 22 - 30 - 145th Campmeeting, Rick Wright, evangelist; Gary Biddle, song leader
Jul 19 - 30 - Daily Bible study @ 10:30 am, Chapel
Jul 22 – Friends of Ruggles, potluck (12n), Auction (1pm)
Jul 23 - 29 - Sr High Youth camp
Jul 26 - Cottage Owners meeting (12n), potluck
Jul 27 - Memorial Service @ 10:30 am
Jul 27 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 5:30 pm, Dinner @ 4:30 pm
Jul 31 - Ruggles Methodist Men's Meeting @ 5:30
Aug 04 - 05 - Brooksville UMC - Elizabeth
Aug 06 - Farm Bureau Picnic, Retreat Center & Dining Hall
Aug 07 - 09 - Tri County Conference - All Grounds
Aug 13 - Boggs Reunion, Retreat Center
Aug 19 - Muses Chapel Church, Cookout - Dining Hall
Aug 20 - Hardymon Reunion, Retreat Center
Aug 22 - Emmaus Picnic
Sep 07 - 10 Emmaus - Men's Walk
Sep 16 - Brad Williamson - shelter
Sep 23 - Pollitt Family Reunion, Retreat Center
Sep 30 - Kristian Mullikins - Allen Dearing wedding - outdoors
Oct 05 - 08 Emmaus - Women's Walk
Oct 14 - Thurman - dyer Wedding - Retreat Center
Oct 20 - 21 - Emanuel UMC JR Camp
Oct 23 - Ruggles Methodist Men's meeting
Oct 26 - Ruggles Camp Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Oct 27 - 28 - Emanuel UMC SR Camp
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 Kay Grooms, 308 East 9th Street, Manchester OH 45144.
Board Meetings 2017 Schedule: January 26. March 23, May 25, July 27 (with dinner), and October26.
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.
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and vulnerable adults can be found at SafeSancturaries.
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