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  1. #1
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    Default Nc beeks in washington/beafort/pamlico area

    If you signed the petition to bring back the Boy Scout Beekeeping badge, you should be interested in this: During the course of my doing everything I could think of to promote that idea, I was directed to the local council, Ray Franks, who in turn referred me to Reggie Cahoon, Program Director for the East Carolina Council, located in Kinston. He and newly employed Allison Vincent, Ecology Center Director, gave me a tour of the future Nature Center located in Blounts Point. We surveyed a couple of sites that would be good for a beeyard, and discussed the liability of a beeyard in a nature park. I look forward to the day they have a website so that folks can see exactly what they've done and what they're working toward. I think the entire thing is a great idea. See their mission statement below.

    Thing is, I know a lot of others signed that petition and I'm hoping that everybody who signed will want to help out here. Blounts Creek is about 2 1/2 hrs from my home and as much as I love to help, I don't think I want to be driving there once a week for lessons, set up, etc. I'm hoping that others will share the responsibility with me. Can any of you volunteer to take a day to help the boy scouts at Blounts Creek? I've gotten a lot of disappointing answers from other beeks who are closer to Blounts Creek than I am , saying it's too far away! If we could get enough volunteers, it could be a one-time-only trip for each of us.

    So if you signed the petition and are really committed to getting the beekeeping badge back, please get in touch with me and let me know. I'll coordinate the visits and maybe we can create something to really be proud of. Right now, the whole thing strikes me as a potential small version of the NC Zoo--and we know how much work Irvin Rackley put into that project! Let me know what you think.

    Hope to see you all at the spring meeting!

    This is the Boy Scout Mission Statement:

    PotashCorp Aurora Eco Center
    East Carolina Scout Reservation
    419 Boy Scout Road
    Blounts Creek, NC 27814

    Mission Statement of Beekeeping
    The East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America serves thousands of youth ages six through twenty one in nine different counties. The properties owned by this Council annual host additional Scouts from nearby states. This Council puts high priority on ecology and conservation education for youth of all ages, demonstrated in the recent acquisition of funds from PotashCorp Aurora to build a new Eco Center and provide a center director. This new center and full time staff member provide this Council the opportunity to offer more nature-related activities and lessons to youth than ever before.
    When youth visit the center, they will be able to observe several different ecosystems on the Nature Trail, perform hands-on experiments both outside and inside the Center, and see a variety of animals in unique terrarium, aquarium, and aviary displays.
    We will plant a garden of wildflowers and beans this spring, and plant vegetables and fruits in the future. We wish to establish at least two bee hives near the Eco Center in the spring of 2011 to provide educational opportunities to thousands of scouts, school groups, and adults in the upcoming seasons. The Center will take full advantage of this educational opportunity to impress onto youth the ecological importance of the honey bee, help establish a positive experience of bees in children’s minds, and attract more schools, scouts, and other youth groups. This proposed demonstration will be maintained by the full time Center director, who will be taught and guided on how to care for, maintain, and exhibit the hives. By starting two bee hives in the spring of 2011 our goal is to, over time, grow our honey bee population in order to help sustain or replenish the wild honey bees of the surrounding area.

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    Default Re: Nc beeks in washington/beafort/pamlico area

    I'm not far from that area, Just a beginner, but I'm willing to help out.
    Craig

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    Default Re: Nc beeks in washington/beafort/pamlico area

    I find it so sad that 100 people have looked at this thread and only one has volunteered to help. Guess it's easy enough to sign a petition to reinstate the beekeeping merit badge, but taking a day out of your life to volunteer to help accomplish that end is another story.

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    Default Re: Nc beeks in washington/beafort/pamlico area

    if i had signed up, i would volunteer. as i didn't sign up , don't count me in.
    CAUTION- BEEHANDLER !!! if you see me running , you should follow !!

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    Default Re: Nc beeks in washington/beafort/pamlico area

    Quote Originally Posted by Tia View Post
    I find it so sad that 100 people have looked at this thread and only one has volunteered to help. Guess it's easy enough to sign a petition to reinstate the beekeeping merit badge, but taking a day out of your life to volunteer to help accomplish that end is another story.
    --Don't think the best way to encourage volunteerism in to instill guilt. Anywho, good luck.
    ...This, and my heart, and all the Bees
    Which in the Clover dwell.

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    Default Re: Nc beeks in washington/beafort/pamlico area

    Quote Originally Posted by Tia View Post
    I find it so sad that 100 people have looked at this thread and only one has volunteered to help. Guess it's easy enough to sign a petition to reinstate the beekeeping merit badge, but taking a day out of your life to volunteer to help accomplish that end is another story.
    First off Tia, you title your post " Nc beeks in washington/beafort/pamlico area", that is going to limit any response you will get. Secondly, this is an international forum. The odds are pretty good that the 100 people you refer too are not even in NC, let alone the USA.

    Here is a link to all the county chapters in NC. http://www.ncbeekeepers.org/chapters.htm

    I suggest contacting them individually. Thanks for you work on this project!

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    Default Re: Nc beeks in washington/beafort/pamlico area

    Walliebee, I have.

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