Bee Bootcamp: Beekeeping Basics for Veterans
2023 Classes are being held at
Pittsburgh Airport (Allegheny Co.), Keiner's Apiary in Wapwallopen (Luzerne Co)
We are proud to be the official state Heroes to Hives partner offering Bee Bootcamp with the PA State Beekeepers Association.
Bee Bootcamp registration is closed for the 2023 season.
Please contact the organizer for more information, or connect with your local PA State Beekeeping Association chapter. Find yours here.
Samples of topics to be covered in monthly Bee Bootcamp classes:
April/May Nuc Installation
May Hive Handling and Inspection Workshop at Forever Heart Apiaries LLC.
June Hive Inspection, Supering, and Swarm Management Workshop
July Varroa Mite Monitoring & Management, the Nectar Dearth, and How to Recognize and Stopping Robbing.
August Hive Splits and Fall Management Workshop: This workshop will cover fall management or hives and late season splits.
September Honey Harvest, Combining Colonies, and Winter Preparation Workshop. Depending on the honey harvest, a honey extraction workshop will be scheduled.
October Overwintering Workshop
*A veteran is one who served in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, including the reserve components thereof, and was released from the service under conditions other than dishonorable. Active duty, and current Guard and Reserve members are also eligible for Bee Bootcamp.
“Beekeeping affords us the opportunity to really kind of engage in a different way with the natural world. You’re not thinking about what happened in Afghanistan or Iraq. You’re thinking about what’s happening right here, right now.” -- Adam Ingrao, director of Heroes to Hives and a fourth-generation soldier.
Rob Mowery (USNR), Forever Heart Apiary LLC;, Steve Repasky and Bob Tatro (ANG), PA Beekeepers Association; Michael Brooker (USMC), Bee Bootcamp Coordinator