Marketplace Camp 2021 will be June 22, 23, & 24.

Covid19 restrictions will be in-place and observed.



A "Bibletimes Experience" is a Bible era village involving children, youth, and adults, is generally held in mid to late June. For 2021, Marketplace will be held on June 22 - 24. Over 300 children, youth, and adults participate each year in this event with leadership from numerous surrounding churches of all denominations. 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 the 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 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 2021. This can also be printed and used as a bulletin insert in your local church.



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 worker's 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 June 11, 2021). Please make your check out to Ruggles Camp and Retreat Center.


Marketplace Dean for 2021 is Donna Shoemaker.


2021 Marketplace forms will be available in April.


2019 Safe Sanctuaries Training Opportunity flyer
For those who need Safe Sanctuaries Training, it will only be offered on 15 June at Ruggles Campground beginning at 11:00 am.
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Ruggles Volunteer Application
Please bring a completed application with you to the next Marketplace organizational meeting or email it to Ms Baker at the address in the flyer.
Ruggles Volunteer Application.pdf
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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 Ms Baker at 11196 KY 57, Tollesboro KY 41189
Ruggles Safe Sanctuary Background Check[...]
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2019 Marketplace Informational flyer
Click on Marketplace Informational sheet to view, or print, a quick summary of Marketplace camp activities for 2019.
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This year we will be focusing on:

Day 1- Jesus' birth & childhood

Day 2- His miracles & disciples

Day 3 - His death & resurrection  




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.

2019 Marketplace Registration Form
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A one page Informational Sheet for Parents for 2019 is available to view, or print out for additional details.

2019 Marketplace Information Sheet for Parents
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A one page, letter-size Marketplace Poster for 2019 is available to view, or print, as a color flyer suitable for distribution at your church or other organizations, and your friends.

2019 Marketplace Poster
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2019 Memory Verses:

Day 1 - Daniel

"Daniel....knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.” ‭‭Daniel‬ ‭6:10‬b

Day 2 - Esther

“Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?””

‭‭Esther‬ ‭4:14‬b

Day 3 - Nehemiah

Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!””

‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭8:10‬b



2021 Mission Project -

To be announced

2021 - Craft Projects - to be announced


A Leader's Manual for Marketplace 2019 is now available for viewing or downloading. PDF file format. 

2019 Marketplace Year 4 - Sing Unto the Lord a New Song -- Leaders Manual
13 MB in size, 26 pages.
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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

Donna Shoemaker

5515 W Ky 10

Tollesboro, Ky 41189  

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


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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