GCBA 4-H Beekeeping Project

The Greene County Beekeepers Association has sponsored Greene County 4-H members who elected to undertake the Ohio 4-H beekeeping project each year since 2011. The GCBA donated a “trophy” smoker to the 4-H Beekeeping Project 1st place winner in the Senior Division, and also gave each member who completed the project a commemorative hive tool. In addition to sponsoring the Fair awards, the GCBA sponsored selected individual 4-H members by donating some equipment to help budding beekeepers get started with bees. Each member typically received 1 basic hive setup upon confirmation that they had purchased or otherwise acquired bees.

In 2018, the GCBA will again sponsor Greene County 4-H members who elect to undertake the beekeeping project. While specific details will only be decided after seeing the number of new 4-H members electing to take the project (usually March of 2018), The GCBA usually provides all woodenware and frames for 1 complete hive upon the 4-H member arranging to obtain a starter colony of bees. Any 4-H member interested is encouraged to Contact Us or message via Facebook to help us determine the number of interested youth and for any additional details or suggestions.

Sponsorship guidelines:

The Greene County Beekeepers Association will selectively sponsor Greene County 4-H members by donating a basic hive setup upon confirmation that the 4-H member has purchased or otherwise acquired bees. Conditions of this donation:

(a) Limit one hive donation per individual over entire 4-H project lifetime/cycle. Depending on the number enrolled in the project, we may restrict this to one hive donation per family in a calendar year.

(b) Bees must be ordered/coordinated through GCBA approved vendor no later than March 31, 2015 (estimated cost $90-$120, subject to package availability).

(c) Must comply with all legal requirements. Ohio Apiary registration fee: $5 (click for form)

(d) Must complete the project (i.e. 4-H judged at Fair).

(e) 4-H member must attend either the September or October meeting of the GCBA, prepared to tell 1 thing he/she learned from project.

(f) If 4-H member decides not to continue as beekeeper, agrees to return hive to GCBA or donate it to another GCBA approved 4-H member who wishes to assume the project/responsibility.

(g) 4-H member is responsible for obtaining protective apparel and other equipment related to the project.


To assist new 4-H beekeepers with determining their equipment needs, here is a list of suggested supplies/equipment.

Protective apparel and basic equipment:

Hat – ($10-$20)
Veil – ($15-$36)
Gloves – ($15-$28)
Hive Tool – ($7-$15)
Smoker – ($30-$50)
Book – “Starting Right with Bees” – ($8-$9)
Bee suit or jacket – ($50-$80)
Syrup feeder ($2-$16)

Complete Hive: NOTE: For beginning beekeepers who have no existing hives, consider using 8-frame hives instead of the traditional 10-frame.  8-frame equipment is lighter and easier to manage, particularly for youth and smaller-frame individuals.
Basic Hive Kit, Deep – $130 – $200 (includes bottom board, entrance reducer, deep super, frames/foundation, inner cover, outer cover)
Deep Body Kit – $45-$60 (deep super w frames/foundation)

Medium (or shallow) Kit x2 – $75 – $125
Package of bees w queen – $120-$150

You can find sources for these supplies on the GCBA Equipment & Supplies Page.Questions? Contact Dan O’Callaghan using the “Contact Us” page.