The Pot O' Gold Ranch was founded in 1966 by Dr. Claud J. Bonam, Sr. Claud Sr’s goal was to create a place of worship and renewal in the form of a Christian Youth Camp in order to bring kids and teens to Christ. It started as a small plot of land consisting of 10 acres and a vision to become a soul winning Christian youth camp. From there, Claud Bonam, Sr started Youth Camps, Inc.
After Claud went home to meet the Lord in 1993, Pot O' Gold Ranch has continued to thrive. Since Pot O' Gold Ranch was first founded, God has used us to bring over 8,000 individuals to Christ, many of which have found their calling as a missionary or pastor.
The Pot O' Gold Ranch Name
Many wonder where the Pot O' Gold Ranch name comes from. When the property was first purchased by Claud Bonam, Sr, the area had already been known as The Pot O' Gold Ranch. Before it was purchased, it had been used as an area for parties outside of the town of Comfort. A new name was heavily discussed and prayed about until Claud’s wife, Viola Bonam, was reading her daily devotional.
She happened to come upon Hebrews 9:4 that spoke of God’s provision for the Israelites when He provided sustenance in the form of manna. The manna was saved in a golden pot, and it was placed into the Ark of the Covenant as a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness and provision to the Israelites during their time in the wilderness. Needless to say, the name stuck.
The Pot O' Gold Ranch is now used to reach hundreds of kids each year with the Word of God and His provisions. What used to be implemented as a location for worldly pleasures is now a soul winning ministry for Christ.
B.Y.O.C. Bring Your Own Counselor
We differ from many other camps and youth retreats. We provide a B.Y.O.C. environment, or Bring Your Own Counselor. Pot O' Gold Ranch provides the meals, various activities, location, and amenities. We encourage a time of reflection by providing a location where you can be away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while getting close to the youth in your church.
How Can You Help?
There are many ways that you can help. The Pot O' Gold Ranch is a 501c3 not for profit organization that thrives on the gifts and volunteer work of God’s people. From financial help to physical labor, we are always in need of aid. Contact us at 830-995-2305 to learn more about our current needs or contact us via our online contact form.