Bugling Merit Badge
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Bugling Merit Badge Info
The goal of this merit badge is pretty obivous and the requirements are direct and easy to understand. Completing all the requirements is not that easy. The requirements have a scout demonstrate proficiency with a bugle or similar instrument.
Scouts new to playing brass instruments will have their work cut out to learn and demonstrate all the required calls. Besides learning the calls, the most difficult requirement is fulfilling the Bugler position. This should require attending campouts and getting up early to wake the troop. The most fun requirement is composing a new call since it's open to the scout's imagination.
This is a great merit badge for any scouts that already play brass since they have a head start. But, the Bugler position requirement means it will take every scout at least three months. A bonus is that the time spent as troop Bugler can be counted for Star or Life position of responsibility advancement requirements, but not for Eagle.
Scouts often ask if other instruments can be used, but a bugle, trumpet, or coronet are the only instruments officially allowed. Trivia Bit: Bugling is typically the least often earned merit badge with under 500 given out each year - a scout earning this will have a relatively rare badge!
Requirements for the Bugling merit badge:
- Give a brief history of the bugle.
- Do the following:
- Explain and demonstrate how the bugle makes sound, and explain how the bugle is related to other brass wind instruments.
- 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.
- Sound 10 of 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
- Explain the use of each of the calls you performed.
- Explain how to care for, clean, and maintain a bugle.
- Serve as bugler in your troop for three months.
NOTE: A bugle, trumpet, or cornet may be used to meet these requirements.
Hints for Bugling Merit Badge
* The counselor needs to be musically inclined in order to determine if the calls are correct or not.
* Many troops have a troop bugle that the bugler can use and practice with.
* If positions of responsibility are difficult to get into in a troop, doing this merit badge and using the time as bugler can solve that problem.
Resources for Bugling Merit Badge
- Watch this Calls Video to hear what they sound like.
- Here's Another Calls Video
- scoutbugle.com has bugle merit badge information.
- Bugle Wiki has bugle history and other information.
- Bugle Care is discussed here.
- Brass Instruments Wiki to see those related to the bugle.
Some related merit badges include: Art, Music, and Signs, Signals, & Codes. You might check them out if you found the Bugling merit badge interesting.
May 26, 2013 - William Earle Rettew, II, PE
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Dec 06, 2020 - Jane
"A bugle, trumpet, or cornet may be used to meet these requirements."
If a Scout does not have a bugle, trumpet, or cornet, then I would have the Scout look into earning the Music merit badge, instead.
Feb 25, 2022 - Bruce McCrea
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