Welcome to the website for Open House Boy Scouts! In an effort to make Open House accessible to as many people as possible, the Boy Scouts programs will be significantly changing this year. Rather than limiting attendance with a lottery system and registration, we encourage everyone to attend Open House and participate in as many activities as they choose!
We will provide a roadmap to Open House that will be provide a list of what events satisfy criteria for earning age-appropriate badges. This will include lectures from CVM professors, hospital tours, and many live-animal demonstrations! This will be provided at no cost! Commemorative patches will be available for purchase at our student-run gift shop, and your Scouts can earn their badges through the official scout organizations. We love having the Boy Scouts at our event, and we hope that these changes will make Open House available for more troops to attend.
For more information about Open House Boy Scouts, please see our Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have any other questions, email us at OHBoyScouts@cvm.tamu.edu. We hope to see you there!
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Open House cost?
Attendance is free and open to all scouts without need of registration!
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. Commemorative patches will be available for purchase at our student-run gift shop, and your Scouts can earn their badges through the official scout organizations.
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.
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 28th, 2020.