Did you know that Bill's Bees got its start over 40 years ago when Bill Lewis took on a few colonies of honeybees to complete the requirements for the Boy Scouts Bee Keeping Merit Badge? Bill was not only bitten by the bug, but also received the Merit Badge as well as his Eagle Scout level, and then promptly... Read more about it: http://billsbees.com/pages/about-us
The following is reposted from:
circa. 1926~ Bee Keeping Merit Badge Pamphlet
On February 8, we will celebrate 106 years since the founding of the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910. On the 8th, I will publish The History of the Beekeeping Merit Badge
Invite your friends to participate:
Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History
To obtain a merit badge for Bee Keeping in 1928, a scout must
1. Know how to examine a colony of bees, remove the combs, find the queen, and determine the amount of the brood, number of queen cells, and the amount of honey in the hive.
2. Distinguish between the drones, workers, eggs, larvae, pupae, honey, wax, pollen, and propolis; tell how the bees make the honey, and where the wax comes from; and explain the part played in the life of the colony by the queen, the drones, and the workers.
3. Have had experience in hiving at least one swarm. Explain the construction of the modern hive. especially in regard to the "Bee spaces."
4. Put foundations in sections and fill supers with sections; and also remove filled supers from the hive and prepare honey for the market.
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