Mississippi State University Extension’s Beekeeping Camp – June 17-21, 2018

This residential academic camp will cover all the topics a new beekeeper needs to know to start keeping bees and it is a lot of fun. We accept campers age 10 through adults for this 5-day intergenerational camp. Parents are encouraged to attend with their young beekeepers. Camp is held on campus at the Clay Lyle Entomology Building.

Camp starts off slow with an introduction to the equipment, jargon, and personal protective equipment, followed by how to use a smoker (an important piece of equipment that will keep you safe) because next campers are headed into a hive! Hives are just outside the building to reinforce and practice each topic covered.

Topics include:

  • getting started with bees;
  • finding, marking and clipping the queen;
  • seasonal management;
  • stings and colony defense;
  • diseases, pests, and parasites;
  • harvesting honey;
  • honey and pollen in human nutrition (myths and truths);
  • basic bee biology;
  • queen rearing (quality, grafting, and requeening);
  • specialty honey;
  • protecting combs;
  • bee communication (you will do the waggle dance);
  • swarm management;
  • gustation of honey in bees and humans;
  • processing honey and wax;
  • how to buy bees;
  • income and the slippery slope into business; and
  • a trip to a commercial apiary or bee yard.

Any parent, grandparent, etc. and or youth over 10 who are interested in beekeeping can attend. Camp is led by Drs. Jeff Harris and John Guyton. And, we will continue to assist you after camp!

Date: June 17-21, 2018

Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Who is eligible: Any parent, grandparent, etc. and or youth over 10 who are interested in beekeeping can attend.

Special Restrictions: Interest in beekeeping.

Camp Type: Overnight Camp

Sponsoring Units: Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology; MSU Extension Service; College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Other Information: Dr. John Guyton and Dr. Jeff Harris are co-directors

Cost: $450 per person includes dorm, meals, onsite transportation, and a camp t-shirt. There will be a slightly reduced price for locals who wish to sleep at home.

Dr. John Guyton
Box 9775
Miss. State, MS 39762

For more information or to download the registration and other camp forms, please visit the website at http://www.biochemistry.msstate.edu/bugcamp/beekeeping.asp.