I have to agree with @WhiteRau, a thorough read through the sticky post (and then his to reiterate in my mind), I was able to combine the bbpress template files with my child theme.
My question is that I’m trying to modify the output and html layout of my bbpress template files, and I can’t seem to figure out a solution.
1. My forum is on the page: Forum, and my forum base slug is: forums. Different, you see? That’s because I want to show the Latest Topics, not default to showing all my forums, when you click the menu for Forum (very much like the bbpress.org/forums).
2. I’m using a page template for the Forum page that outputs the Latest Topics, except as soon as you click away from this page, it reverts back to the default layout.
Problem: I need all the forum pages to use the same layout, preferably a custom one, and the ‘front’ Forum page to output the Latest Topics.
I couldn’t find any clear documentation on how to setup WP pages to work with bbPress, so I’m at a loss on how to use a page called “Forums” to show latest topics with a “list of forums” sidebar (instead of “Forums” displaying the forums archive).