Bugling Merit Badge Requirements and Worksheet

Bugling Merit Badge

Bugling Merit Badge

January, 2012

Requirements for the Bugling merit badge:

  1. Give a brief history of the bugle.
  2. Do the following:
    1. Explain and demonstrate how the bugle makes sound, and explain how the bugle is related to other brass wind instruments.
    2. Compose a bugle call for your troop or patrol to signal a common group activity, such as assembling for mealtime or striking a campsite. Play the call that you have composed before your unit or patrol.
  3. Sound the following bugle calls: 'First Call', 'Reveille', 'Assembly', 'Mess', 'Drill', 'Fatigue', 'Officers', 'Recall', 'Church', 'Swimming', 'Fire', 'Retreat', 'To the Colors', 'Call to Quarters', and 'Taps
  4. Explain when each of the calls in requirement 3 is used.
  5. Explain how to care for, clean, and maintain a bugle.
  6. Serve as bugler in your troop for three months.

NOTE: A bugle, trumpet, or cornet may be used to meet these requirements.

Bugling Worksheet

 Feb 16, 2012 - Charles Sealock
Does the Bugling merit badge exists in 2012?

Rumor has it, that it has been incorporated in the Music merit badge.  Asked the local Council office and they don't know!!!
Feb 16, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Charles - That was considered, but Bugling remains a separate merit badge at this time.
Jun 26, 2012 - Wyatt Miller
How do I get the work book for the merit badge?
Jun 29, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Wyatt - When you say "work book" if you really mean "Pamphlet" then you buy it at your local scout shop, or online at scoutstuff.org or borrow a copy from your troop's library.
Sep 05, 2012 - Scoutdad
Add an option b. to 6th requirement:
"or participate in a military funeral".  This would slow a disturbing trend of e-bugles at veteran funerals.  And the boys would benefit from being around our veterans.
Sep 05, 2012 - Scout Mom
I completely support scouts participating in our veterans funerals. It is a huge honor. Last year my son and another young with it being their first year in band in 6th grade they decided to take up bugling. They have been asked to be involved in multiple funerals, armed forces day, and many other memorial events. This has been a huge growing experience for them both and very uplifting to our local veterans to have these two young men there.
May 26, 2013 - William Earle Rettew, II, PE
I am an Eagle Scout  1963 (36 merit badges) and was a member of Troop 2 in Greenville.  I was a counselor at Camp Old Indian for three years.  I memorized all the bugle calls and obtained the merit badge while at camp.  However, these
calls are not clear in my memory and wondered if there is
a CD available with the calls.  Surprisingly I still have my bugle and would love to get back up to speed with it.
Jun 04, 2013 - Eli Morales
William, I am an asst. Scoutmaster and a 21 year veteran public school band director. I recently got my youngest into scouting and I will be preparing to teach the bugling merit badge. If you have an iphone and/or know about itunes, you can buy "The Columbia River Players", album name is Liberty Call: American Bugle Calls. Picture has the American Flag with a trumpet held by a hand with the words Liberty Call as the header. It has 44 bugle calls including all 15 of the required calls for the merit badge for about $5 and change. Good deal. Clear sounding calls. Shoot me an email for more info at blesn5@yahoo.com
Jul 18, 2013 - CJs Mom
I know it was a year ago that someone asked about the merit badge book (or phamphlet), but this still may be helpful. The requirements for bugling are in the back of the music merit badge book (at least the music book I purchased last week at my local Scout Store). I read somewhere they had combined the 2 merit badges for a while, then decided to keep them separate. The merit badge book I have says music and bugling on it. My Scout Store did not have a difinitive answer for me when I was looking for the separate books and I found the bugling info in the back of the music book. I have a 7th grader that will be working on both the music and bugling merit badges in the very near future so both books at one price was nice. Hope this helps someone else.
Nov 19, 2013 - Jeff S.
I've found all of the bugle calls are available to listen to on youtube.com.  Just look them up by name: Bugle Call- Reveille, First Call, etc.

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