Welcome to the website for Open House Girl Scouts! This program provides your troop a special experience at the Texas A&M Vet School Open House, complete with unique lectures and activities as well as the opportunity to earn an animal badge.
This event is always popular, and unfortunately spaces are limited, so registration is held via lottery. Open House 2019 will be on Saturday, March 30th. Registration opens Monday, November 26, 2018 at 8 am and closes Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 5 pm. We encourage all troop leaders to fill out the registration form correctly and completely in order to be eligible for participation.
Even if your troop is not selected in the lottery, we hope you and your Scouts will come out to Open House and enjoy the incredible events that are available to the public!
For more information about Open House Girl Scouts, please see our Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have any other questions, our email is OHGirlScouts@cvm.tamu.edu. We hope to see you there!
Opens: Monday, November 26th, 2018 at 8am
Closes: Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 5pm
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register my Girl Scout for Open House?
Registration will be through a lottery system. Everyone will be able to register starting on Monday, November 26th, 2018 at 8am. 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 Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 5pm. For registration you will need to provide the contact information for the troop leader/parent responsible and the number of girls that you want to register.
If you do not register through the official Vet School Open House site, your troop will not be included in the lottery drawing! The link to the registration site will be posted soon.
We will begin informing troops of their selection status on January 7th, 2019. If registration is full and you are not chosen through the lottery system, you will be placed on the alternate list.
How much does it cost?
Information about registration cost will be sent via your registration confirmation email. Registration costs include a classification-specific badge, as well as a commemorative badge. Additional commemorative patches may be available for purchase in the gift shop. Because this event is non-profit and run entirely by volunteers, we are unable to waive the fee for anyone.
What if I get registered and then find out I can’t come?
In the event that your troop is no longer able to attend CVM Open House, please notify us IMMEDIATELY. This courtesy will allow us to notify the next troop in line. Cancellation before the payment deadline will allow us to refund your registration fee, if paid. Unfortunately, no refunds will be issues for cancellations after the payment deadline.
For cancellation, please email OHgirlscouts@cvm.tamu.edu
What special benefits do Girl Scouts receive by registering?
Registered girl scouts will earn the appropriate animal-based badge for their level after attending Open House. Girl Scouts will have a self-guided tour to complete to fulfill the badge requirements.
- Daisies will work on the animal portion of their “5 flowers, 4 stories, 3 cheers for animals”
- Brownies will be able to earn the “Pets” badge
- Juniors will be able to earn the “Animal Habitats” badge
- Cadettes will be able earn the “Animal Helpers” badge
- Seniors will be able to earn the “Voice for Animals” badge”
Additionally, Girl Scouts will enjoy special presentation given by a faculty member/veterinarian. Due to space and time restrictions, a small group of Girl Scouts will be randomly selected to participate in a private Teddy Bear Surgery. All other girls are welcome to participate in the Teddy Bear Surgery event with the general public.
What should I bring to Open House?
We recommend leaders and scouts bring the following items to CVM Open House. 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, comfortable shoes, a water bottle, a clipboard, and a pencil or pen. A camera would also be a good idea. Money (cash is best) for drinks, snacks, and souvenirs. A concessions stand that benefits the first year veterinary class will be available all day. Souvenirs will also be for sale, and proceeds benefit various veterinary student organizations. See the Open House website for a sneak preview! Additionally, many events are outside, so please be prepared for the elements.
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!
What is Teddy Bear Surgery?
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 of their choice. The “surgeons” decide what procedure will be performed and are assisted by veterinary student surgeons. A randomly selected subset of younger girls will be assigned a time for Teddy Bear surgery. 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!!!
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. We do encourage cash transactions, as they proceed more quickly.
My daughter/scout is interested in vet school. How can she 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!
Can I bring other family members?
Yes! However, we will only have room in the presentation and Teddy Bear Surgery for registered girl scouts and their leaders.