Certified Beginner's Beekeeping Course in Camden, SC  29020.    This course will be offered at an outdoor location with proper social distancing.

The course is a series of classes, to prepare you to be a Certified SC Beekeeper, on the following dates; February 20, and March 6, 13, 20,  and the 27th.

Time: Approximately 11:00-2:00

The fee will include a recommended beginner book, a membership with the WBA and a membership with the South Carolina Beekeepers Association.

What will I learn?

  • Races of honey bees and terminology

  • Anatomy, biology, and physiology of honeybees

  • Types of hives, hive parts, and accessories

  • Products of the Hive

  • Why keep honeybees, agricultural dependence, and history of honeybees

  • Startup cost and equipment needed

  • Feeding, transporting & hive placement

  • Why honeybees swarm and their management

  • Disorders, parasites, and hive invaders

  • How bees make it through the cold winter months & what we can do to help

  • How to inspect a hive and honey harvesting

  • Pollination and management of a hive throughout different seasons.

  • When, where and how to buy bees

IF you wish to take the Certified Examination at the end of the course, it is an additional $10 paid to the South Carolina Beekeepers Association, at the time of the test. The test is NOT required to keep bees in SC.

There will be no food or drink included in the class. You are encouraged to bring your lunch, and drinks. It is suggested that everyone bring notetaking materials.

Spring 2021 Beginning Beekeeping Course

  • Taking a beekeeping course does not in any way guarantee success in raising honeybees, but it does increase your odds. Honeybees are considered livestock and are subject to changes in conditions on a regular basis. Participating in our course will cover the material to prepare you for the South Carolina State Beekeepers Certified Exam.  Your success with raising honeybees will be dependent on many factors, including weather.  It is in our best interest to prepare you for success, because your success directly affects the success of our hives and the health of our honeybees.  


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