Welcome to the website for Open House Girl Scouts! In an effort to make Open House accessible to as many people as possible, the Girl 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 Girl 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 Girl Scouts, please see our Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have any other questions, email us at OHGirlScouts@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 the need of registration!
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.
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?
Absolutely! Everyone is welcome to attend Open House.