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San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo School Tours Committee. School Tour Guide Orientation. Why was the School Tours Program created?. The primary reason for the school tours program is to provide a safe and educational tour of the Stock Show grounds to the young students and their teachers.

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San AntonioStock Show & RodeoSchool Tours Committee

School Tour Guide Orientation


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Why was the School Tours Program created?

The primary reason for the school tours program is to provide a

safe and educational

tour of the Stock Show grounds

to the young students and their teachers.


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Students Involved in School Tours Program

Touring students:

Kindergarten through 3rd graders (ages 5-9)

Tour Guides:

FFA, FCCLA, & 4-H members Ages 14-18



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Tour Guide Badges

  • Each guide issued numbered badge – for that guide only – do not share with other people

  • Worn at all times on right chest

  • Free grounds entry for duration of show


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Tour Guide Dress Code

  • Guides are to dress neatly

  • Representing the best of their organization.

  • Organization identifying attire recommended

  • NO shorts or crop tops, caps, hats, or sunglasses.

  • Best bet: follow school dress codes!


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Tour Guide Guidelines

  • No chewing gum on tours.

  • Smoking, dipping, or any other use of tobacco products is strictly prohibited.

  • Guides will not use cell telephones or pagers during the tour.

  • During the tour day, there is no place to store hats, caps, purses, phones, backpacks, or other valuables.


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Car Passes / Parking

  • Passes distributed at a ratio of 1 to 5 guides.

  • Tour Guides in cars enter the SBC Center grounds through Gate G (North Gate) off of SBC Center Parkway, and proceed to Lot G.

  • Tour Guides arriving by bus enter through Gate A (West Gate) and unload at the back of the School Tours tent. The bus is then to enter Gate G & park in Lot 7.


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Starting the Tour Day

  • Tour Guides will meet at 7:30 a.m. in the School Tours Tent for:

    • preliminary tour guide registration

    • short orientation

    • daily schedules

    • maps

    • special instructions for the day


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The Tour

  • Approximately 2 to 2½ hours

  • Committee members and representatives are stationed throughout tour route to assist and answer questions

  • Guides should taketheirtime, talktotheir school groups, and answerquestions in a courteous manner.

  • Tour Guides should not rush through the tour.


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Educational Centers in Livestock Area

  • Educational Classroom Centers are located in the

    • Animal Adventures barn

    • Dairy Center

    • Horse Center

      • These Centers offer exhibits, pictures, demonstrations, and some hands-on displays. Volunteers will guide classes through centers. Guides are not to enter the barns, only the educational centers.

  • Visit centers in any order --- if one center is too crowded, go on to the next and come back later.


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Family Fair

Exhibits

World of Agriculture

Texas Trails

Hall of Fame

School Tours Tent

Bud City

Clydesdales

Chuck Wagons

Shows

Family Fair & Bud City Area


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Ending the Tour

When the tour is completed.....

-take classes to a restroom facility

-return to School Tours Tent for lunch

-guides wait with their class in the roped-off lunch line outside the tent

-guides give school and teacher name to the individuals manning lunch trailer

-assist teachers in seating students and distributing lunches

-guides are then free for lunch


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Tour Guide Meeting & Daily Door Prizes

  • At 2:00 p.m., Tour Guides report back to the School Tours Tent.

  • Brief meeting to discuss that day’s tours

  • Door prizes are awarded to Guides for the day!

  • Guides must be present to win!

  • All guides that register in the morning and complete a tour or other tour duties are eligible to win!


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Tour Guide Scholarships

  • 24 $1,000 scholarships awarded to

    4-H, FFA, and FCCLA graduating seniors

  • To be eligible to apply:

    • must have served as a tour guide at least one year

    • must serve as a tour guide senior year


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Apply for Tour Guide Scholarships

  • 4-H Members: http://texas4h.tamu.edu

  • FCCLA Members:

    http://www.texasfccla.org

  • FFA Members

    http://www.texasffa.org