The Honey Bee Project, one component of the South Carolina 4-H Pollinator Program, 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.Register Now
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, 2018) 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.
Cloverbud, 5-8 years of age.
Junior, 9-13 years of age
Senior, 14-18 years of age
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.)
Project (runs March - August)
Friday, February 2nd: Your registration and payment must be received by 4-H. Register here.
Project materials should be available for pick up at your local Extension Office by March 1, 2018.
Saturday, March 10th: A Honey Bee Project Kickoff with Hive-building tutorial will be offered (time and location TBA). It is not mandatory to attend. If you register for the project, we will contact you with additional information about the kickoff.
Tuesday, May 1st: Your hive must be installed in the apiary you will use. (Hives can be moved during the project, but you must have your hive and begin records no later than May 1st!)
2018 4-H Honey Bee Essay Contest
Topic: What's so Super about the Super Organism in the Honey Bee?
Due Thursday, March 1, 2018 to Ashley Burns
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