Bugling Merit Badge

Bugling Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

In 2010, BSA announced that it was going to discontinue the Bugling merit badge and merge it into the Music merit badge. The response to this announcement was so overwhelming that BSA reversed this decision and Bugling remains a separate badge.

Have your guys start practicing “Taps,” because Bugling is here to stay.

In early June, we reported that the Bugling merit badge was to be discontinued and its requirements merged into Music merit badge.

That’s no longer the case. Responding to concerns from hundreds of Scouters, the BSA’s Youth development team has decided to reinstate Bugling as a separate merit badge.

Oddly enough, this means that Bugling will never have officially been part of Music merit badge, because the changes were never reflected in a Boy Scout Requirements book.

Bugling and Music will continue to share a merit badge pamphlet. Requirements and information for both of the badges will be contained within that single booklet.

Bugling Merit Badge Requirements

  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.
  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.

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