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Bugler Description and Self Evaluation

The Bugler is a youth leadership position within a Scouts BSA troop. They are responsible for playing the bugle, a brass instrument used to signal various activities and events within the troop, such as the start and end of the day, meal times, and flag ceremonies. The Bugler plays a crucial role in creating a sense of unity and teamwork within the troop, as well as helping to maintain a sense of tradition and respect for the past.

The Bugler patch which is worn on the Scouts BSA uniform.

One of the key responsibilities of this position is to play the bugle at various troop activities and events. This includes playing wake-up and lights-out calls, as well as playing Taps at flag ceremonies or other solemn occasions. The Bugler is also responsible for maintaining and caring for the bugle, ensuring that it is in good condition and ready to play when needed.

Another important role of the Bugler is to promote a sense of tradition and respect within the troop. This includes understanding and following the proper bugle protocol and demonstrating respect for the flag and other symbols of the Scouts BSA.

The traditions of this position are deeply intertwined with the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The Bugler is expected to lead by example. By playing the bugle and promoting a sense of tradition and respect within the troop, the Bugler helps to create a sense of unity and teamwork while also demonstrating the values of Scouting.

The Bugler position does not count as a position of responsibility to meet the requirements for the Eagle Scout rank.

The description below represents an example of the requirements and expectations for this position in one troop. Specifics can vary from one troop to another.

The printable copy also includes a self evaluation form for the position on the second page. Youth leaders might benefit from self evaluating during their term. If you use this, then keep it positive with them. It should only be used to help them recognize areas they should be working on.

Bugler Leader Qualifications and Duties

This is just an example. Adjust as needed to meet the size, customs, and needs of your unit.


  • Appointed by Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader with Scoutmaster approval

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Trained by: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader with assistance from the Assistant Scoutmaster for Older Scouts

May not serve three consecutive terms

Bugler duties:

  • Play bugle as requested by troop leadership.
  • Play taps during evening closing ceremony.
  • Practice bugling daily until proficient.
  • Arrive 5 minutes before the start of troop meetings.
  • Participate in outings. Attendance expectation 50%
  • Attend troop meetings. Attendance expectation 50%
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the field uniform (class A) correctly to all regular troop meetings and religious services.
  • Wear the activity uniform (class B t-shirt) to all outings and other troop activities.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Show scout spirit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a minimum age or rank requirement for Bugler?

There is not a minimum set by BSA. However troops may set their own qualifications based on the size of their troop and the maturity of their troop.


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