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10th Annual Bee Camp 2023
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.
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. This includes Work Week. So working during work week will still cost $100 for the non-refundable deposit.
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 a day, probably more, 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. Other things I need to be doing besides bees that I would want help on: construction, hauling wood, planting, watering, mowing, etc.
The nearest airport is Eppley in Omaha, NE
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, minus the $100 deposit. 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. But there are always bee things needing to be done as well.
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 didn't get many pictures taken last year. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what camp is from camp in 2019, mostly taken by the campers or click here for a gallery:
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