Connect With South Carolina Beekeepers....

SC Beekeeper Events are always open to the public.  We encourage anyone to attend our events  and local association all across South Carolina.  

Our State events happen twice a year in the Spring and Summer.   We invite top honeybee researchers and scientist in the United States to speak at these conferences.  These and other Speakers bring the latest in beekeeping information and developments. Beekeeping Vendors from across the U.S. come to make beekeeping supplies available to all attendees.

Local associations have monthly meetings usually on first, second or third Thursday of each month.  Please check out our Local Associations Tab for locations.  At these meetings, you will find honey bee and beekeeping information that concern the local area.  Also contact your local association for Basic Bee School Classes.

These local associations participate at a local level for honeybee education at Festivals and other public events.  They begin their membership drives in the fall for the local and state membership.  If you are looking for events in your area, there is a local association near you, click here.

Upcoming events

    • 17 May 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 May 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • The Citadel 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC
    This class is for beekeepers that desire to go to the next level of Journeyman in the Master Beekeeping Program.  In the Fall of 2013, you responded to an email for a Journeyman Class.  The 2014 Journeyman Class has been scheduled. This class will be held at the Citadel in Charleston.  Below are the details of the class.  

    Details of Journeyman Class
    Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18

    The Citadel - The Military College of South Carolina
    171 Moultrie Street,  Charleston, SC  29409

    Class time 9:00am - 12:00pm 
    Lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Class time  1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Evening Meal with Study Group

    Class time  9:00am - 12:00pm
    Lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Class time  1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Review 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Written & Practical Test 3:00pm until 

    Class Fee  $65:
    The class fee includes Class Handouts, Hive & The HoneyBee and
    written test.
    Note:  If you already have the Hive and the Honey Bee you will be credited $20 for the class.

    What you can to bring to class....
    • Your favorite note taking notebook with paper
    • Water Bottle
    • Snacks for yourself and/or others
    • Bring your Textbook-The Hive and The Honey Bee
    • Electronic Tablet or laptop (optional)
    • You can bring your lunch in or there are local eateries
    • Bring what you need to make you feel comfortable
    If you live in the Midstate and Upstate, you will have to make arrangements for lodging.  If you are unable to attend for whatever reason, we are looking to sponsor an additional Journeyman class in 2014.

    Mel Wallace & Staci Siler & Richard Hanks & Buddy May

    Class Facilitators:  
    Walter Perrin & Cynthia Robinson

    Please go to the Event Registration page to sign up for the class. 
    • 24 Jul 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • 26 Jul 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • Hendrix Student Center, Clemson University SC
    • 600
    SCBA Summer Beekeeping Conference 2014

    The Summer Beekeeping Conference, a 3 day conference, features open sessions with top honeybee researchers, one day intermediate beekeeping short course, certified and journeyman written test, vendors with beekeeping equipment sales, local SC vendors, door prizes, and BBQ cookout.  

    Honey and Beeswax Judging - Click here for more info

    Cost of 2014 Conference has not been determined the following is the 2013 pricing....

    Individual & Family (member)--$20.00 &  $30         

    Non-member Individual & Family--$25 & $35

    If you would like to join the SC State Association click here..


    Registration Fee for Walk-Ins add $10. 

    or if you choose to mail in registration will be available by June 1

    Journeyman One Day Class will be offered on Thursday, July 24 and Written Exam and practical test will be offered on Friday, July 25th during the first breakout session.  All beekeepers are welcome to sit in for a refresher course.  Sign up during the registration process.

    All levels of the Written Exams Offered & Journeyman Practical Exam will be offered on July 25th during the first breakout session.  The cost of the exams along with journeyman practical is $10. The cost of the certification and master exam will be $10.  Sign up during the registration process.

    You and Family....

    We encourage you to bring the family and enjoy Clemson Campus.  There is lots to do in Clemson such as hiking, fishing, rock climbing, sightseeing on campus, shops nearby, near by water park, and movie theaters. 

    Must See:  South Carolina Botanical Gardens, Brooks Center for Performing Arts, Larry W Abernathy Waterfront Park and World of Energy in Oconee, the Walker Golf Course at Clemson University.

    2014 lodging has not been updated but will have pricing before registration begins.
    There are several options for lodging for the conference has is provided with many hotels in Clemson.  Clemson Dorm rooms are close by and affordable.

    Hotels:  When registering please say you are with SCBA for a special pricing.
    Sleep Inn, 864-653-6000; 
    Days Inn, 864-653-4411;  
    Holiday Inn Express, 864-654-9410; 
    Comfort Inn, (864) 653-3600

    Dorm Rooms Features:  Dorm Rooms are available on campus for a low price.  These rooms are efficiency apartments with handicap access.  Each apartment has one common area with kitchen, bathroom and single occupancy room with single bed.  Linen packages ($15) are available from the university or bring your own.

    Friday Night BBQ

    Friday evening we will have a BBQ dinner, a horseshoe pitching tournament and a smoker lighting contest at Jimmy Howard’s home in Pendleton.  This has become an annual event enjoyed by everyone.

    Honey and Beeswax Judging  

    We will have a honey show and competition at our summer meeting this year. Bring along a container of your best honey. Please do not place a label on your honey containers. Honey classes will be pint and quart extracted. There will be light and dark classes, so do not be concerned if your honey is dark. A “black jar class” will be included again this year. This class will be judged on taste only. Small black jars will be provided at the show, so bring a sample of your best tasting honey and take this ribbon home. 

    We will be judging for a 1 lb. block of beeswax.  

    Honey and beeswax entries should be turned in for the competition from 8:00-10:00 Friday morning. Entries will not be accepted past 10:00. Ribbons will be awarded for each category and a “best of show ribbon” will be included. 

Past events

01 Mar 2014 SCBA Spring Meeting 2014

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