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5th Annual Bee Camp 2018

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Now taking applications for spring bee camp for 2018.

I call this my "Tom Sawyer" bee camp. What I want is for you to come and do my bee work and pay me for it. But, of course I hope you get to learn a lot about how I keep bees in the process. Seriously it is how I hope to get somewhat caught up on bee work while teaching at the same time.

I call this a "camp" because it fits my view of what "camp" is. They have football camp, band camp etc. and in this case most of the participants are camping in tipis or their own campers or tents, so it is a camp in that sense as well as the "football camp" sense that we are focused on bees. I suppose we could call it a symposium, but that sounds so much more formal than sleeping in tipis, doing bee work and talking about bees all day and half the night. It is kind of an immersion into beekeeping as we will be doing things to do with beekeeping all day long for the most part. We may spend some time on other farm related things, but everyday will involve bees and most conversations will involve bees.

  • Bee Camp dates: 13-19 May 2018
  • (Work week will be 6-12 May 2018)
  • Location: Nehawka, Nebraska 68413(45 miles south of Omaha Eppley Airport)
  • Cost: $700 ($100 non-refundable deposit. $600 on arrival)
  • Accommodations: meals and camping in a tipi provided. I highly recommend staying in the camp. If you don't you will miss a lot of the camaraderie, but Hotel or Glamping (glamour camping) are available in the area at the cost of the camper and the camper is responsible for arrangements. Here is a list of hotels by distance and the top ten hotels by ranking. The map that shows the hotels does not show Nehawka. Nehawka is 2 miles or so west of Union.
  • Weather permitting we will be doing bee things for 4 hours or more a day and other activities the rest of the day.
  • We will probably be talking about bees all the time.
  • Bee activities we will do:
    • All aspects of queen rearing will be done (several batches going at once) including:
    • Cell starter
    • Cell finisher
    • Grafting
    • Mating nucs
    • Catching and marking queens
    • Splits
    • Inspections
    • Building equipment
    • Repairing and cleaning equipment
  • Tentative schedule (depending on weather, bees etc. Equipment, inspections etc. will fill out the days). I am giving this so you can better plan what days to show up and leave but it is not "cut in stone" as weather and bees sometimes decide for us and I may adjust to better serve the participants if they have to leave and we haven't covered something they want to do.
    • Sat May 5 people who wish to earn a scholarship to cover their expenses show up for "work week" get settled in
    • Sun May 6 Saturday May 12 Work week for those working for their scholarship.

    • Sat May 12 pick people up at airport, settle people in. Orientation etc.
    • Sun May 13 put cells in mating nucs. Move cells from starter to finisher. (batch of queens started the previous friday)
    • Mon May 14 inspections of outyards possible splits, cut down splits etc.
    • Tue May 15 cells in mating nucs
    • Wed May 16 catch queens or setup more mating nucs
    • Thu May 17 inspections
    • Fri May 18 setup cell starter, graft, clean up equipment or other yards
    • Sat May 19 put cells in mating nucs, catch queens.
    • Sun May 20 get people to the airport etc.

Due to issues with turning people away because we were booked up and then having them not show I've decided to get $100 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot. Also the open ended plan is too much work and too much overlap with people coming and going, so I am going to an even 7 day week from Sunday to Saturday to cover the material.

I have a farm and a life, and a family, so I can’t do just bees all day every day. There are too many other things that need to be done, but I will be doing bees at least four hours or more a day most days and then possibly other things the rest of the day. Not that we can’t talk about bees all the rest of the time, but I will need to do other things around the farm besides just bees. I don’t want someone to feel cheated because we are hauling firewood or moving hay etc. But we would have queen rearing things to do almost every day. Outyards to check. Splits to make. Equipment to fix. Equipment to build. Equipment to move, clean up etc. Yards to move. Other things I need to be doing besides bees that I would want help on: construction, hauling wood, planting, watering, mowing, feeding horses etc.

The nearest airport is Eppley in Omaha, NE
There is also an Amtrak station in Omaha, NE
There is a Greyhound bus station in Omaha, NE
Wifi is available at my house and outlets to charge your phones etc.

Let me know if you need to be picked up from one of these. Where, when and flight number etc.

If you can’t afford the money, I have set aside the week before Bee Camp as "Work Week". Come and work all week and I will offer a scholarship to the camp. I don’t want someone to miss out because of money so please, if that is an impediment, let me know. Mostly this week is not bee focused but rather things outside of bees that need to be done.

The registration is a .pdf form. Please download it and then open it to fill out as a form. Click here for the registration form Email electronically signed .pdf or scan of signed application to the email address listed at the top or bottom of this page.

I will try to get some 2017 pictures posted, but I've been too busy raising queens and working full time to get to it. Here are some pictures from the 2016 camp taken by the campers and me:

AZ Hive AZ Hive InnerView glass inner cover  VarroaXtractor as AZ type hive Back porch and Tipi Baking bread Bees Big barn and shed Bees Bees in the air Campers Campers Campers Campers Class Class Flow Frame Flow Frame Boxes before assembly Dipping Boxes Dipping boxes Stirring the pot Dipping Boxes Dipping boxes mosquito free Keeping warm hot wax for dipping boxes Gum rosin Gum rosin Dipping Boxes Dipping Huber Hive Emerging bee Grafting Grafting Larvae Grafting a Larva Queen cells Queen cells Mating nucs Hair curler cage Hilary & Sara Hilary Hilary Hives Hoop barn we built Hive tools Horses and hoop barn we built my horses and my house Pear tree hive inspection Juggling frames hive inspection Observation hive Packages Package install Package install Package install Package install Planting trees Sitting on the porch Swarm Swarm Swarm Swarm Swarming spot Swarming spot Tew hive Sibley tent looking out Sibley tent looking up Sibley sunset Sitting in the Sibley Sitting in the Sibley Tipi looking up Tipis Tipis GoldStar top bar hive Top bar comb, spot the queen Tractor Waiting for the campers Fat drones Sourdough Wild mulberries Native bee Native bee Native bee Native bee Native bee Native bee Queen Hilary's loupe Clover Bee Library

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