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Beginner's Beekeeping Course in Camden, SC  29020.    

The course is a part of a series of classes, to prepare you to be a South Carolina Beekeeper, on the following dates; (NOTE: This is a SERIES of  classes) 

SATURDAY October 12 from 10-3,

SATURDAY October  19 from 10-4,

and SATURDAY October 26 from 10-3


The fee will include a recommended beginner book, a one year membership with the WBA, and the course.

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 SC Certified Examination after you complete the course, it is an additional $10 paid to the South Carolina Beekeepers Association, at the time of the test, and  must be a member of the SCBA (which is another $10 fee) Please go to to find more information about testing dates.


The test is NOT required to keep bees in SC.

There will be no food or drinks provided to the class. You may bring your own.  It is suggested that everyone bring notetaking materials.

Fall 2024Beginning Beekeeping Class

  • No refunds/exchanges. 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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