What Drives Us

.Boys to the Bush has a proven history of being able to engage with and improve outcomes, for some of our communities’ most vulnerable youth.

Boys to the Bush offer a range of programs all aimed at supporting the boys to become better men in the future.

Better outcomes for boys and their communities.

Our History

Boys to the Bush (BttB) is a Not-for-Profit, community-based charity established in 2017 by three school teachers with many years of experience working with students with behavioural and complex needs.

BttB focuses on prevention and early intervention strategies for ‘disengaged, vulnerable and/or at-risk’ young males. It has a proven history of being able to engage with youth.

BttB puts the child first and works towards individualised outcomes for that young person, all while surrounding them with positive influences.

A key feature and strength of BttB, is its ability to engage the whole community and provide opportunities for each of them to be actively involved.

BttB is committed to expanding their impact to help youth throughout Australia. The aim is to engage with 130,000 youth by 2030

Our Founders

Adam DeMamiel
Co-Founder, CEO
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Tim Sanson
Co-Founder, Area Manager (Bendigo, Echuca, Wangaratta)
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Richard Leahy
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Our Supporters


Boys to the Bush is led by a skills-based Board. The board of Directors meet quarterly to oversee the strategic direction and financial health of the business. A committee including independent members to advise the Board and CEO on remuneration tiers for staff. An independent financial audit is conducted annually.


We publish an annual financial report so you can see how we’re helping the boys we mentor.
  • 2022/23 Annual & Financial Report

Policy Framework

The policy framework consists of the organisation’s strategic plan, frameworks policies and procedures.

  • Code of Conduct
  • Child safety Code of Conduct
  • Fundraising Policy
  • Reporting and Continuous disclosure
  • Diversity
  • Organisation Structure

Board Subcommittees

The Board has an established Remuneration Sub-committee and an Audit and Risk Committee.

The main objectives of our Audit and Risk committee:

  • Risk oversight and management;
  • Overseeing compliance with applicable laws, regulations, standards and best practice guidelines.


The role of the Board Remuneration Committee is to advise on:

  • the compensation,
  • incentives and
  • remuneration issues of the directors, CEO and staff.

Adam DeMamiel


Adam was born in Leeton, NSW and grew up in towns including; Cowra, Forbes, Narrandera and Barellan.

Adam completed a Bachelor of Education, Primary (Special Education) and had been teaching Special Education since 2005.

Adam is married to Angela and they have two daughters- Zahli and Emmi and a son- Jed.

“I have loved seeing Boys To the Bush grow from being an idea to a reality. I am so proud of what we have achieved so far and I am excited for what the future holds. I can 100% say that we are making a difference.”

Tim Sanson


Tim was born and raised in Lake Cargelligo, NSW. Tim grew up on the land with his family and loves nothing more than drawing upon his past experiences to assist youth.

Tim completed a Bachelor of Education, Human Movement and has been teaching for over 20 years.

Tim is married to Fiona and has two sons- Charlie and Roley and a daughter- Olivia.

I have a great passion for the land and I want to use this to engage with boys that may not be as fortunate as I have been to have positive males in their lives. I really enjoy getting back to basics and keeping things simple.”

Richard Leahy


Richard was born and raised in Howlong, NSW. Richard has always loved camping, fishing, hunting and sport.

Richard Completed a Bachelor of Business – Commerce and Marketing, Dip Ed. He is currently employed as a high school teacher.

Richard is married to Lisa and has three young boys- Jack, Charlie and Billy.

“Boys to the Bush is something that is changing lives. Boys to the Bush gives boys a chance to connect with their communities and build relationships with positive role models. It allows the boys to be hands on and learn through doing…”