Marketplace Camp 2024 will be June 18, 19, & 20.

Covenant People ... 
                   God Loved ME!


A "Bible Times Experience" is a Bible-era village involving children, youth, and adults and is generally held in mid to late June. For 2024, Marketplace will be held on June 18 - 20. Over 300 children, youth, and adults participate each year in this event with leadership from numerous surrounding churches of all denominations. The Marketplace is an inter-generational Bible times village where all ages experience learning the Bible for themselves with "hand's-on" opportunities. It is not only for children and youth to learn but also for adults to experience and learn the Bible as well.


Every volunteer must have a current Safe Sanctuaries certificate, and present a copy to the camp coordinator for the camp you are assisting. 

Safe Sanctuaries is the name commonly given by local United Methodist Annual Conferences and local churches to their individual efforts to make the conference, district, and local church programs welcoming and safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.

A summary of Safe Sanctuaries can be found at -- 

A series of six videos to watch and a quiz to take and pass can be found at -- 

Just print out 2 copies of your certificate, one for you to keep, and one to give to the camp coordinator.

Certification is valid for three years.


A Volunteer Registration and Training flyer can be downloaded below with training date opportunities prior to Marketplace 2024. This can also be printed and used as a bulletin insert in your local church.



The Marketplace is for ages 5 (by October 1) thru 12th grade. Anyone who wishes to volunteer should contact the Coordinator, Donna Shoemaker; 5515 W Ky 10; Tollesboro, KY 41189, or use the contact us form and the message will be relayed to her. (A nursery is provided for workers who have children under the age of five).  Check out Marketplace on Facebook to also keep up with current activities.


Registration Fee - $ 15.00 per person ($ 20 if postmarked after May 26, 2024). Please make your check out to Ruggles Camp and Retreat Center.


Marketplace Dean for 2024 is Donna Shoemaker.


2024 Marketplace forms are now available. The 2024 Safe Sanctuaries flyer is also available.


Safe Sanctuary information and forms.

2024 Safe Sanctuaries Training Opportunity flyer
For those who need Safe Sanctuaries Training, it will only be offered on 19 May at Ruggles Campground beginning at 2:00 pm.
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Safe Sanctuary Background Check form
NOTE - a $ 9.50 fee is payable prior to the Background Check being submitted. Please bring the completed form and the fee with you to the next Marketplace organizational meeting or mail them to the Marketplace Coordinator.
Ruggles Safe Sanctuary Background Check[...]
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2024 Marketplace forms & documents.


2024 Marketplace Informational flyer
Click on Marketplace Informational sheet to view, or print, a quick summary of Marketplace camp activities for 2024.
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This year we will be focusing on:

Theme: God’s Covenant People

Day 1: Abraham 

Day 2: Moses & the Red Sea

Day 3: Moses & the Wilderness 

A one-page Registration Form is available to view and print out for Marketplace. It is particularly important that you also complete the Medical History portion of the form. Please fill out the forms legibly and also please note the time limits stated in the form. Mail the form to the address below. You can also download the registration forms and save them on your computer, or print them out at you home or church.

2024 Marketplace Registration Form
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A one-page Informational Sheet for Parents for 2024 is available to view or print out for additional details.

2024 Marketplace Information Sheet for Parents
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A one-page, letter-size Marketplace Poster for 2024 is available to view, or print, as a color flyer suitable for distribution at your church or other organizations, and to your friends.

2024 Marketplace Poster
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2024 -- We will be learning:  The Ten Commandants (See Below)


2024 Mission Project -

To be announced

2024 - Craft Projects - to be announced


The Ten Commandants


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. 



Marketplace No-Bake Date Cookie recipe
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For those interested, the Marketplace Bread recipe can be found here, along with the Honey Butter instructions.

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For more information on these and any other camp activities, please contact


Registrar, Marketplace

Cynthia Wood

PO Box 103

Brooksville, KY 41004


or use the camp contact us form and the request will be forwarded to Ms. Wood.


Themes from past Marketplace years can be viewed by hovering you mouse over the Marketplace tab, and clicking on Past Themes.

Contact Us

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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