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|Bugling merit badge
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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
- Give a brief history of the bugle.
- 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.
- 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"
- Explain when each of the calls in requirement 3 is used.
- 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.
|| The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:|
Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 620714)
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- 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'Cracker Barrel' (online blog) then reported that the National council's previous decision to retire Bugling has been rescinded.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.
|| 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