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Honey Bee Project

Honey Bee Project

Welcome to our NEW 4-H Project under the Natural Resources Program area!   We are excited to present the 2017 Honey Bee Project.  


One component of a South Carolina 4-H Pollinator Program, the Honey Bee Project is an independent-study project that engages youth (ages 5-18 years) in the active role of beekeeping, learning the basics of entomology, and gaining an appreciation for the role of pollinators in our world.

Project Winners!!!

Upstate Region

 Junior Division: 

  • Carolina Busch (Anderson County winner) 
  • Ansley Callahan (Pickens County winner) --> REGION WINNER! 
  • Charlotte Crowe (Laurens County winner)

Senior Division: 

  • Kelsay Brick (Anderson County winner) 
  • Megan Farrell (Greenwood County winner) --> REGION WINNER! 

Midlands Region

Junior Division:

  • Wilson Oxner (Lexington County winner) --> REGION WINNER &  STATE WINNER!!!
  • Julianna Smith (Newberry County winner)

Senior Division:

  • Wyatt Hallman (Lexington County winner) --> REGION WINNER! 

Pee Dee Region 

Junior Division:

  • Christian Britt (Dillon County winner)
  • William Howard (Florence County winner) --> REGION WINNER! 
  • Blake Smith (Darlington County winner)
  • Layla VanAernem (Horry County winner)

Senior Division:

  • Peter Pendleton (Horry County winner) --> REGION WINNER! 

Savannah Valley Region

Junior Division:

  • Corbin May (Dorchester County winner)
  • Luanne Plemmons (Charleston County winner) --> REGION WINNER! 

 Senior Division:

  • Margot Plemmons (Charleston County winner) --> REGION WINNER & STATE WINNER!!!

Project Registration

  • CLOSED for 2017!  Look for 2018 registration opening in December 2017.  
  • Open to all South Carolina youth 5-18 years of age, as of January 1, 2017.  
  • Cost is $40 for current 4-H members, $50 for non-members.  
Project Newsletters
Attention Senior Division!!!  Are you wondering what your research topic is, as it applies to the "Honey Bee Research" section of the project record book (pages 27-28)?!  Your research topic for 2017 is:  
  • What is the Veterinary Feed Directive issued by the FDA and how does it affect the apiculture industry?
Timeline for 2017 Project (runs April - August)
  • Friday, February 3rd:  Your registration and payment must be received by 4-H.  Registration closed for 2017.
    • Project materials should be available for pick up at your local Extension Office by March 1, 2017.
    • Announcement regarding project kick-off and hive-building workshop is coming soon!!!
  • Monday, May 1st:  Your hive must be installed in the apiary you will use.
  • Friday, August 4th:  Your record book must be turned into your local Extension Office, received by your local 4-H Agent.


The objectives of the South Carolina 4-H Honey Bee project are that youth will:

  • Set goals and plan activities and strategies to achieve those outcomes, even in the face of challenges.
  • Reflect on their yearly work by documenting their skill development and learning experiences.
  • Give back to their communities through educational and service activities.
  • Learn valuable skills in record keeping, financial management, and communication.
  • Become good stewards of the environment and gain technical expertise that can promote beneficial practices.


  • Age Divisions: (all ages are as of January 1, 2017)
    • Cloverbud, 5-8 years of age
    • Junior, 9-13 years of age
    • Senior, 14-18 years of age
  • Each youth will receive 2 copies of the project record book.  One may be used as a draft copy and the other may serve as the final product that is turned in at the end of the project.  Only ONE record book can be submitted for each participant.
  • We understand that beekeeping often requires the management of multiple colonies or hives.  We encourage this, but only want youth to report on ONE managed colony during the project season. (You are responsible for providing your own bees and equipment for this project.  If you need assistance with this, contact your local 4-H Agent or beekeeping association.) 

Links to additional resources:

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does this project involve?

Youth will be supplied with a record book and a few supplementary materials that will help get them started.  Youth will be responsible for managing a colony of bees and recording their efforts in their record book.  Record books have been specifically designed for each age division.  At the end of the project, youth will submit their record book for judging at the county level.  County-winning record books in the Junior and Senior age divisions will advance to the regional- and state-level for judging. 

 Do 4-H'ers have to own their own bees to participate in this project?

No, youth do not have to own the bees, hive/equipment, or land the bees are managed on to participate in this project.  Youth simply need to be responsible for managing a colony of bees and recording their efforts (setting goals, making decisions, learning, etc.).  

 What does a 4-H'er need to participate in this project?

Youth need access to beekeeping equipment, a colony of bees to work with, and an experienced beekeeper to help them.  While we do not have a formal structure or requirement for a mentor system, we strongly recommend for youth to work with someone who is knowledgeable about managing bees.  This will help them "bee" successful and have more fun!!!  Contact your local beekeepers association or County Extension Office if you need help making contacts.  

 What if we don't know anything about bees, can we still enroll in this project?

YES!!!  This project is designed to be a learning experience and provide flexible opportunities to engage in the active role of beekeeping and hive management.  Based on the level of interest after registration closes, we will offer a kick-off tutorial and hive-building workshop!  Your local beekeeping association and County Extension Office should serve as a good resource for you.

For more information, contact:

Ashley Burns at