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Resources include the Bugling merit badge worksheet in PDF format Adobe Acrobat PDF and Word format Microsoft Word DOC document, links, and cross-references to related badges and awards.
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Bugling merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1911
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 032
Requirements revision: 2012
Latest pamphlet revision:  2013


The Bugling merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.

Bugling merit badge requirements

  1. Give a brief history of the bugle.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Explain and demonstrate how the bugle makes sound, and explain how the bugle is related to other brass wind instruments.
    b. 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.

The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Bugling is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Bugling requirements. usscouts.org has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

  1. Bugling is an extremely rare merit badge with only 684 earned in 2007!
NOTICE: On June 2, 2010, Scouting Magazine's 'Cracker Barrel' (online blog) reported that the Bugling merit badge would be officially retired as of December 31, 2010; and, that the Music merit badge requirements would be modified (effective January 1, 2011) to include Bugling skills. (We further stated here, "Those wishing to earn Bugling need to obtain a Blue Card and begin working on it prior to December 31, 2010. In doing so, you may keep working on it –even after it has been retired– until you: A) complete the badge, or B) turn 18, whichever comes first. (You cannot start this badge after it has been retired.")

UPDATE: On August 4, 2010, Scouting Magazine's 'Cracker Barrel' (online blog) then reported that the National council's previous decision to retire Bugling has been rescinded. (As a result, though not specified, we are assuming that the Music merit badge requirements will also not change.) Editor's note: Music & Bugling will continue to share the same merit badge pamphlet.

Requirement resources

Req. 3: The music sheets for the required Bugle Calls shown in the merit badge pamphlet are not very legible. For a superior-quality, complete music sheet with all 15 calls, click here: Bugle Calls. (This PDF is only four pages long and it's printable, too.)

1. History of the bugle - another source - another site
2a. Video Lesson: How to Play the Trumpet - Video Lesson: Trumpet Scales - Video Lesson: How to Play the Coronet How the bugle makes sound - more - How the bugle is related to other brass wind instruments
2b. Compose a bugle call
3. Bugle Calls sheet music - Bugle Calls Audio files - US Army Audio files - Download a free printable booklet with bugle calls here: Media:buglecalls.doc
4. When each call is used
5. Video Lesson: How to Clean a Brass Instrument - How to care for, clean, and maintain a bugle
6. Bugler

Related awards

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See also

  • Bugler - Troop Position of Responsibility
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