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We apologize for the delay. The page has been updated for 2014!

Registration for Open House 2014 will open Monday December 2 at 9AM and close Friday December 6th at 5PM.

 

Registraion for 2014 will run from December 2-6. Troops will be notified by the following Friday, December 13.

Please check the links below for answers to some frequently asked questions.

Q: How do I register my Boy Scout/Troop for Open House?
Q: How much does it cost?
Q: What if I get registered and then find out I can't come?
Q: Registration filled up and my Boy Scout didn't get in, what now?
Q: What badge does my Boy Scout earn?
Q: What special benefits do Boy Scouts receive by registering?
Q: What should I bring to Open House?
Q: How do I get to College Station, TX?
Q: Where do I park?
Q: What can I do at Open House?
Q: Can I purchase any souvenirs?
Q: My son/Scout is interested in vet school. How can he find out more about the requirements?
Q: Can I bring other family members?




Q: How do I register for my boy scout for Open House?

A: Registration dates will be December 2, 2013 at 9AM. through December 6, 2013 at 5PM. Registration will be online only. You will need to have on hand your troop number, each boy's name/age/rank, and contact information for the troop leader/parent responsible. To be fair, we are instituting a lottery system, so you can log in at any time and register. You will be notified via email within one week after registration closes whether or not your group was selected.


Q: How much does it cost?

A: Registration costs $7 per boy and includes an attendance patch. This event is entirely run by volunteers and is non-profit, so we are unable to waive the fee for anyone. Information on how to pay will be sent in an email confirming your registration.


Q: What if I get registered and then find out I can't come?

A: Notify us IMMEDIATELY if you realize you cannot come and will need to give up your registered spot so we can notify alternates. If you realize you will not be able to come after the payment deadline we will NOT issue a refund for your registration fee. We have to order patches early and as a non-profit event run by volunteers we cannot absorb the costs of those patches not needed in the case an alternate does not fill your spot. Cancellation before the deadline will allow us to refund your registration fee if paid.


Q: Registration filled up and my Scout didn't get in, what now?

A: Make sure he is on the waiting list. Often, troops are unable to make it and we will fill their spots with boys on the waiting list. If we still don't have room for him, you should come anyway. He will not be able to attend the Boy Scout program but Open House has many fun activities that he can participate in. If he is interested in veterinary medicine, this will give him an opportunity to see the school, talk to vet students, sit in on an admissions Q&A, and learn lots of fun facts about animals. We do this program every year, so he can always come next year!


Q: What badge does my Boy Scout earn?

A: Any Boy Scout can earn the Veterinary Medicine merit badge. Badge requirements and pre-event requirements will be posted on the registration site and a registration packet will be sent to your e-mail or physical address.

Cub Scouts are still welcome to attend Open House but are not eligible for a merit badge at this time.


Q: What special benefits do Boy Scouts receive by registering?

A: Registered Boy Scouts will be able to earn the veterinary medicine badge as long as they meet the requirements. Boy Scouts will have a special presentation given by a faculty member/veterinarian here at Texas A&M University. Also, the Boy Scouts will have a self-guided tour to fulfill the badge requirements. Finally, there are several other events the scouts can attend including but not limited to: dog breed presentation, horse breed presentation, Houston Mounted Police Patrol, Blue Bell, Roping, pictures with Reveille or other animals, etc.


Q: What should I bring to Open House?

A: Leaders should bring cell phones or walkie talkies, a first-aid kit, and emergency contact information for each Scout. We recommend a leader:Scout ratio of at least 1:5. Each boy should wear his Boy Scout uniform as there will be 8,000 people attending this event and it is much easier to find one another if boys are in uniform.

Each boy should also bring sunscreen, a water bottle, a clipboard, comfortable shoes, money for drinks and snacks (a concessions stand that benefits the first year veterinary class will be available all day), a teddy bear or other stuffed animal (for teddy bear surgery), and a pencil or pen. A camera would also be a great idea.

Souvenirs are also available throughout the day, and proceeds benefit veterinary student organizations. See the Open House website for a sneak preview! Many events are outside, so be prepared for the elements.


Q: How do I get to College Station, TX?

A: See the Maps and Directions page.


Q: Where do I park?

A: Parking maps will be available online and signs directing you to Open House reserved lots will be in place on the day of the event. Please pay attention to where you park because it is a university and campus police will ticket or tow you if you are parked in a permit-only lot without a permit. It can take up to 10 minutes to walk to the vet school from the lots, so give yourself plenty of time to arrive on time!


Q: What can I do at Open House?

A: Keep checking back on the Open House website for more information!


Q: Can I purchase any souvenirs?

A: A student-run store will be available with vet school memorabilia. You can make your purchases by cash, check, or credit card the day of the event.


Q: My son/Scout is interested in vet school, how can he find out more about the requirements?

A: That's what Vet School Open House is all about! There will be a vet school Q&A and a vet student panel the day of the event. Also, this is an event put on entirely by vet students to educate people about what veterinary medicine is all about. Find someone in a green t-shirt and ask away, we love to talk about vet school!


Q: Can I bring other family members?

 

A: Yes! However, we will only have room in the presentation for registered Boy Scouts and their leaders.


Don't see your question answered? Email us at boyscouts@cvm.tamu.edu and we will do our best to help you out. Please be patient for a response as we are students and do have exams and other assignments to complete in addition to this event. Thanks so much for your interest and we look forward to seeing you on March 29th, 2014!