Registration for 2016 open house will be open from 8:00 am
December 7, 2015 until 5:00pm December 18, 2015.
Can Cub Scouts attend the Boy Scout program?
We have something for Cub Scouts this year too! Cub Scouts will
have a fun presentation like the Boy Scouts, but it will be geared
towards a younger audience. Cub Scouts will also receive a
commemorative Open House badge and special admission into one of
our attractions as part of their participation in the Scout
program. For more information on registration, see the Boy Scout
registration information below. The information for the Veterinary
Medicine merit badge does not apply to the Cub Scouts.
Why should I register my Boy Scout(s) for Open House? Isn’t this
event open to the general public?
Yes, Open House is open to the general public. The reason that
we run a Boy Scout program is to give the Scouts the opportunity to
fulfill requirements to earn the Veterinary Medicine merit badge. A
special presentation will be given by a faculty member/veterinarian
here at Texas A&M University to welcome the Scouts and fulfill
some of those requirements. In addition, we give the Scouts a
commemorative Vet School Open House patch for attending the
program. We are also planning to give the Scouts special admission
into one of our attractions at Open House this year… stay tuned for
How do I register my Scout for the Boy Scouts program at Open
Registration will be open from 8am December 7, 2015 until 5pm
December 18, 2015. We are using a lottery system, which means that
anyone who registers during that time will be entered into the
lottery. Those who registered within this time frame but were not
chosen for Open House through the lottery system will then be put
on an alternate list. If a troop is unable to come for any reason,
we will contact alternates ASAP.
Registration will be completed online and the link will be
available on this web page during the above time frame. Troops will
find out if they were selected by January 18, 2016. In order to
register, you will need your troop number, number of Scouts
attending, and contact information for the troop leader/parent who
will be responsible for the troop. Contact information should
include your first and last name, email, and a phone number.
How much does the Boy Scout program cost?
Registration will be $7 per Scout and will include an attendance
patch and a spot in presentations that will complete requirements
for the Veterinary Medicine Patch. Cub Scouts will attend a
different presentation. Information on payment details will be sent
in an email when your registration is confirmed.
What if I register and then find out I can’t come?
Please notify us as soon as possible if you realize that you
cannot make it to the event so that we can notify alternates. If
you realize that you cannot make it to Open House after the payment
deadline, we cannot issue a refund for your registration fee. The
reason for this is that this is a non-profit event and we will
order the patches after payment has been received. Therefore, we
cannot refund the payment once the patches have been ordered in
case an alternate does not fill your spot. If you cancel your
registration before the deadline, we will gladly refund your
Registration filled up and my Scout didn’t get in. What now?
Make sure that your Scout is on the alternate list! Troops are
often unable to come and will cancel their registration. When this
happens, we will contact people on the waiting list to fill the
newly opened spots. If you do not make it into the Boy Scout
program this year, you and your Scouts are still welcome to attend
Open House! The event is open to the general public. (See “Why
should I register my Boy Scouts for Open House? Isn’t this event
open to the general public?”)
What badge does my Scout earn for attending this event?
The Boy Scout Open House program is designed to fulfill
requirements for the Scouts to earn the Veterinary Medicine merit
badge. Some of these requirements will need to be fulfilled before
Open House. More information will be sent out with registration
packets. Cub Scouts will not have these requirements and will
participate in other events. In addition, attendance at Open House
will include an Open House commemorative badge for the Scouts.
What should I bring to Open House?
Troop leaders should make sure to have a cell phone or walkie
talkie, first aid kit, and emergency contact information for each
Scout. We recommend a leader to Scout ratio of 1:5. Each Scout
should wear his uniform. We are expecting to have 10,000 people at
Open House this year and a uniform makes the Scouts easier to pick
out of a crowd!
Each Scout should also have his own sunscreen/umbrella
(depending on the weather), a water bottle, comfortable shoes, a
pen/pencil, and a stuffed animal if he wants to attend teddy bear
surgery. (See Open House Attractions.)
Also, a camera and cash are highly recommended! The
gift/souvenir shop will take cash, check, or card, and the proceeds
benefit various veterinary student organizations. There are also
going to be concessions available and they are cash only. We
encourage troops to eat at Open House because proceeds go to the
first year class to fund their events.
Can I bring other family members?
Absolutely! Everyone is welcome to attend Open House. However,
there will only be room in the Boy Scout/Cub Scout presentations
for the Scouts and troop leaders.
How do I get to College Station, TX?
See the Maps and Directions page.
Where do I park?
Click here for parking information. Registration packets will
also have information on where to park.
Can I purchase souvenirs?
A student-run store will be selling vet school memorabilia. The
store will accept cash, check, or card.
My son/Scout is interested in attending veterinary school. How
can he find out more information?
There will be a Q&A with vet students where you can ask them
anything from academics to financial challenges. There will also be
a lecture about the application/selection process. You can also ask
any volunteer – we are all vet students!