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Registration for Open House 2014 will open December 2nd at 9AM and close December 6th at 5PM. The time your troop is registered does not affect your priority in the lottery.

 

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

If you are not selected or if you missed this year's registration, you are still welcome and encouraged to visit Vet School Open House! We would be thrilled to welcome you and your family! Please visit our other pages for event details and updates. Thank you for supporting Open House!

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

Q: How do I register for my girl scout 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 girl scout didn't get in, what now?
Q: What badge does my girl scout earn?
Q: What levels of girl scouts can earn a badge?
Q: What special benefits do girl 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 is Teddy Bear Surgery?
Q: What can I do at Open House?
Q: Can I purchase any souvenirs?
Q: My daughter/scout is interested in vet school. How can she find out more about the requirements?
Q: Can I bring other family members?




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

A: Registration will be through a lottery system this year, so everyone will be able to register starting on Dec. 2nd at 9am. Please keep in mind that this is a lottery, so it does not matter when you register, as long as you do it before closing on Dec. 6th at 5pm. We will inform the selected troops within 2-3wks of registration closing. The link to the registration site will be posted soon. If you do not register through the official Vet School Open House site you will not be included in the lottery drawing!

You will need to have on hand: contact information for the troop leader/parent responsible and number of girls that you want to register. If registration is full and you are not chosen through the lottery system, you will be placed on the alternate list.


Q: How much does it cost?

A: Registration costs $7 per girl and includes a badge. Commemorative patches may be available for an extra fee. 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. There are usually many girls on the alternates list eagerly waiting. 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 badges early and as a non-profit event run by volunteers we cannot absorb the costs of those badges 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 girl scout didn't get in, what now?

A: Make sure she is on the alternate list. Often, troops are unable to make it and we will fill their spots with girls on the waiting list. If we still don't have room for her, you should come anyway. Open House has many fun activities that she can participate in. If she is interested in veterinary medicine, this will give her 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. She will still be able to participate in all the same activities as registered scouts, she just will not receive a badge or get to cut in line for Teddy Bear Surgery. We do this program every year, so she can always try to register again next year!


Q: What badge does my girl scout earn?

A: Juniors and Cadettes can earn the Veterinary Science badge from the Girl Scouts of Central Texas Council. As of right now, we do not have a program for younger/older girls. We are, however, more than willing to work with you if you want to try to make Open House work for another badge (i.e. try-it). Please notify us by Feb. 1st which Try-it you are going to earn so we can have everything ready! You can find information on Open House activities here on the Open House website. For the Juniors/Cadettes, badge requirements and pre-event requirements will be emailed out with the registration packet. New for 2012, visit the Open House gift shop to purchase a commemorative Open House girl scout patch!


Q: What levels of girl scouts can earn a badge?

A: Only Juniors and Cadettes can earn a badge. All girls will be able to purchase a commemorative patch the day of the event from the Open House Gift Shop.


Q: What special benefits do girl scouts receive by registering?

A: Registered girl scouts will be able to earn the veterinary science badge as long as they meet the requirements. Girl scouts will have a special presentation given by a faculty member/veterinarian here at Texas A&M. Also, we will reserve girl scout-only rooms for Teddy Bear Surgery, which could dramatically reduce the wait for the girl scouts. Girl Scouts will have a self-guided tour to complete to fulfill the badge requirements.


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 girl. We recommend a leader:girl ratio of at least 1:5. Each girl should wear her girl scout uniform as there will be 10,000+ people attending this event and it is much easier to find one another if girls are in uniform. Each girl should also bring sunscreen, a water bottle, a clipboard, comfortable shoes, money (cash is best) 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, and a pencil or pen. A camera would also be a good 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: Visit our 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 is Teddy Bear Surgery?

A: Teddy Bear Surgery is always a favorite with Open House attendees. Participants will don a gown, mask, gloves, caps, and shoe covers and enter a real surgery suite to perform surgery on a stuffed animal (BRING YOUR OWN!!!) of their choice. The "surgeons" decide what procedure will be performed and are assisted by veterinary student surgeons. All Juniors will be assigned a time for Teddy Bear surgery and Cadettes may acquire a time by request. Please be on time! This is a very popular event, and if your group does not make their scheduled time, they will have to wait in the public line, which can be hours long! No exceptions!!!


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. While we will take credit cards in the gift shop, if you have cash or check you will move through the line MUCH quicker.


Q: My daughter/scout is interested in vet school. How can she 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 and Teddy Bear Surgery for registered girl scouts and their leaders.


Don't see your question answered? Email us at girlscouts@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 29, 2014!