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4th Annual Bush Bees Camp 2017
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.
I wanted to make it somewhat open ended so people can work around their schedules. Come when you can. Leave when you need to. Book ahead of time so we don’t run out of resources or room, but this will allow people to fit it into their schedule or adjust their schedule for what they want to learn about. I shortened it to one week (ten days actually) this year (not counting work week). Last year it was a week for work week and then two weeks plus a weekend (24 days total) and I was getting exhausted by the end. I’ll provide food. You may have to help cook it. I will pitch some tipis, You could stay in your RV or camper or tent if you want to bring one. No real hookups, but we can manage an extension cord. I recommend you stay at the camp, but there is a "Glamping" (Glamour camping) place 3.5 miles from my house where you could stay in a tent with a queen size bed, a wood floor etc. or you could stay at a local hotel (there are three towns about 20 miles away in different directions that have hotels: Plattsmouth, Nebraska City, Syracuse) if you like, out of your own pocket, and drive in every day.
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, moving from my old house, planting, watering, mowing, feeding horses.
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. I don’t want someone to miss out because of money so please, if that is an impediment, let me know. We had a great team this last year and we built a barn in addition to other work around the farm. 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.
Here are some pictures from the 2016 camp taken by the campers and me:
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