Opens: Monday, November 26th, 2018 at 8am
Closes: Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 5pm
For more information see the below frequently asked questions.
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.
How do I register my Scout for the Boy Scouts program at Open House?
Registration will be open from 8:00 am November 26th, 2018 until 8:00 am December 7th, 2018. The link can be found on the page above. Space is limited so registration this year will be FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. If your scout does not make the limit, they will then be put on an alternate list. If a scout 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 webpage during the above time frame. Scouts will find out if they were selected within three weeks following the closing of registration. In order to register, you will need your troop number 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 address and a phone number.
How much does the Boy Scout program cost?
Registration 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.
Also, a camera and cash are highly recommended! The gift/souvenir shop will take cash or card, and the proceeds benefit various veterinary student organizations. There are also going to be concessions stands and food trucks available for snacks and lunch. Cash and cards are accepted.
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 and where do I park?
Visit our ‘Getting to Open House’ page.
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 careful attention to park in designated lots, as to avoid citations and towing. It can take up to 10 minutes to walk to the event from the various parking lots, so please give yourself plenty of time to accommodate this!
Can I purchase any souvenirs?
A student-run store will be available with vet school memorabilia. You can make your purchases by cash or credit card the day of the event.
My son/scout is interested in vet school. How can he find out more about the requirements?
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!
Don’t see your question answered?
Email us at OHboyscouts@cvm.tamu.edu and we will do our best to get you the information you need. Please understand that we are vet students and that we are volunteers. 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 on March 30th, 2019.