Last week I had the opportunity to speak to Jada’s 4-H group about something I like to talk about. Holly said something months ago about meeting the group for a basic introduction to bees. Time passed and I had not gone to a 4-H meeting. As with all things “beekeeping”, I didn’t know what to I was getting into, and as usual I got more out of it than expected.
I was a worried about speaking to a younger group. I guess the ages ranged from 6 to 14 years. I was afraid of being above the heads of some, while being too basic to hold the interest of others. I have been accused, correctly I might add, of lacking patience. So teaching anyone, let a lone young people gives me the opportunity work on it.
I don’t know why I was concerned. They were all very respectful. When we started they were at attention seeming generally interested. I kept it simple, with an overview of the queen, drones, and workers and all their jobs in the hive. We worked our way through the hive, importance of pollination, and what bees are up to during each of the seasons.
The majority of the group members did have questions. They had been paying attention, because they were all quality questions. It went on for 15 minutes. Parents were peeking in the back door as we were handing out plastic spoons dipped in honey. Looked at my phone…. 20:45…. things were supposed to be wrapped up by 20:30.
I probably ruined any after-meeting plans for the group leader. She had to put everything away and tidy the place up. The group helped with everything except the heavy lifting. Holly and I moved tables and chairs, packed our stuff in the car, and headed home.
If someone approaches you about this kind of thing. I would consider making time for it. It provides an opportunity to review your basic bee info. Who knows, you might even get someone interested in bees.