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This article is about the Boy Scout Troop Bugler position.
Also see Bugling Merit Badge.
Serving as Bugler can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Star and Life but not Eagle.

Selected by:Senior Patrol Leader or
Varsity Team Captain
Reports to:Assistant Senior Patrol Leader or
Varsity Team Captain

The Troop/Team Bugler should be able to make appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at troop/team activities.


Reports to


  • Make appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at troop/team activities.


  1. In many troops/teams the Bugler plays a trumpet instead of a bugle.
  2. Serving as Bugler is a requirement for Bugling Merit Badge.
  3. Being able to play a bugle or trumpet can be used towards requirement 1 of Music Merit Badge: Sing or play a simple song or hymn chosen by your counselor using good technique, phrasing, tone, rhythm, and dynamics.. Read all the signs and terms of the score.
  4. Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts or Venturers who are members of bands, drill teams, or drum and bugle corps affiliated with a unit or a local council may also wear the musician badge special insignia. The musician badge is worn on the right sleeve centered just below (1/2 inch) the patrol medallion.


The Bugler is the youth musical leader in its unit. Other youth musical leaders are:

See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
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