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Registration Dates

Registration for 2016 open house will be open from 8:00 am December 7, 2015 until 5:00pm December 18, 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 details!

How do I register my Scout for the Boy Scouts program at Open House?

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 fee.

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!


Don’t see your question answered? Email us at and we will do our best to get you the information you need. Please understand that we are vet students and we are volunteering to plan this event. If you don’t get a reply right away, please be patient. We will get back to you as soon as possible! Thank you so much for your interest and we look forward to seeing you April 16, 2016!