Volunteer to Mentor a First Year Cluster

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to guide a First Year Cluster for OCBA! Below you will find a form to submit information that will help to pair you with a group of new beekeepers near your apiary. If you have any questions about this please include them in the form entry below.

What is a First Year Cluster?

First Year Clusters are groups of 7 to 10 new beekeepers that are located near each other and paired with 2 or 3 OCBA members that have experience in keeping honey bees. These clusters of beekeepers will work together to help the new beekeepers acquire the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in keeping honey bees, and to get their honey bee colonies through their first winter. In order for the First Year Clusters to be successful, the OCBA volunteers (Cluster Guides and Mentors) are being asked to doing the following:

  1. Attend an orientation session in March for the First Year Cluster Guides
  2. Attend the OCBA Bee School field day
  3. Arrange a gathering of your assigned First Year Cluster each month from April to September
  4. Assist the new beekeepers in finding answers to their questions. You don’t have to know the answers, just point them in the right direction.

Why volunteer to be a Cluster Guide and Mentor for a First Year Cluster?

  1. There’s no better way to learn and understand keeping honey bees than to help others learn.
  2. You will meet and get to know other beekeeping mentors near you.
  3. Guiding/mentoring a First Year Cluster can be counted toward your service credits for the Journeyman and Master Beekeeper Certifications through NCSBA.
  4. You’ll have a better idea of what is happening in the apiaries near yours.
  5. You can help to instill good beekeeping practices in the beekeepers near you.
  6. It’s a whole lot of fun!

Please complete the form below to volunteer to guide a First Year Cluster through 2018 and into 2019. If you have any questions about the First Year Clusters or being a Cluster Guide and Mentor please include them in the form below.

Thank you once again for volunteering!