Boys To The Bush retreat 'best yet'

Getting back to the basics surrounded by the sounds, sights and smells of nature is what the Boys To The Bush is all about.

Nine boys from around the region made the most of the good weather and took part in the not-for-profit camp which is aimed at giving the boys life skills and real-life experience.

The Boys To The Bush program hosted 36 boys across three locations last week, including Forbes, Howlong and Lake Cargelligo.

The Forbes camp was coordinated by Jared DeMamiel and he was assisted by locals Jarrad and Sam Tyack.

Jared DeMamiel said this camp was one of the most enjoyable that they have run.

He said the boys were all fantastic young men and were actively engaged in the camp's activities which included fishing, yabbying, kayaking, campfire cooking and learning how to shear alpacas.

Boys To The Bush participant, Tyrone, said the camp is really good to get involved in as they were able to meet a lot of new people and do things that they wouldn't normally do.

In a general day at the camp, Tyrone said they would prepare breakfast, explore a few different fishing holes and areas and go visit a community group like the Men's Shed to pick up some new skills.

"It's just really good to get outside and do some men's stuff."

This is the second time Forbes has hosted the Boys To The Bush camp and organisers said they have many people and groups who came on board to help.

Jared said they would like to thank the Forbes Men's Shed, Darren and Carly Cowan, Cassandra and Max Tyack, along with local businesses Bernardis, the Bakehouse, Gunn's Menswear, Lakeside Takeaway and Flint Street Butchery for lending a hand.

"We would like to thank how generous and supportive the local community has been and we are so grateful."

Along with planning to host the next camp in Forbes during mid January, Jared said they will be starting a mentoring program which will run throughout the year.

The mentoring program aims to get disengaged boys involved in community activities and pick up valuable life skills.