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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.
The objectives of the South Carolina 4-H Honey Bee project are that youth will:
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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 email@example.com