Bugler Description and Self Evaluation

The Bugler plays the bugle at troop ceremonies. Bugler  is one of those positions that many troops don’t fill. There was a troop next to us at the last camporee with a Bugler, and there is something really nice about hearing Taps played at lights out. Bugler can be used as a position of responsibility for the ranks of Star or Life, but not for the rank of Eagle.

The description and requirements below are an example. Adjust them as necessary to meet the needs of your troop. The printable copy also includes a self evaluation form for the position.

Printable copy of Bugler Description and Self Evaluation



  • Appointed by Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader with Scoutmaster approval
  • Tenderfoot Rank or higher
  • May not serve three consecutive terms

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

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.

7 Responses to Bugler Description and Self Evaluation

  1. STACY August 9, 2011 at 4:22 PM #


    • Scouter Mom August 9, 2011 at 4:33 PM #

      There’s one in the works. I’ll get it posted eventually.

  2. Beth November 7, 2011 at 11:26 AM #

    Can you tell me where the bugler badge should be placed on the uniform?

    • Scouter Mom November 7, 2011 at 2:43 PM #

      It goes on the left sleeve. The Boy Scout Insignia link on this page will show you exactly where. In the example, the position of responsibility patch is for Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. So just put the Bugler patch in the same place.

  3. Reg A. Klubeck December 30, 2011 at 8:03 PM #

    This is one of the most “abused” office positions I’ve ever seen (and I used to be a troop bugler)!

    By abused, I mean I’ve seen all kinds of boys take this position, and I’ve NEVER seen them put a bugle to their lips.

    Troop buglers should learn and play “To the colors” and “Retreat” at every flag ceremony, including weekly troop meetings. They can be found in the Music/Bugling merit badge book, and BSA now has a CD of bugle calls available at your local Scout shop.

  4. Renee B. October 9, 2012 at 6:51 PM #

    Can a boy hold more than one position in a troop? My son was recently appointed as the troop Scribe but is currently working on his Bugling merit badge (all he needs to complete is “be the Bugler for 3 months”). Since he’s played the trumpet for 3 years already, this has been an easy badge for him.

    • Scouter Mom October 10, 2012 at 9:42 AM #

      That’s up to the troop. Our troop leadership decides on a case-by-case basis depending on what the positions are. For example, our Scribe is also a Den Chief. They might allow Patrol Leader and Librarian, but probably not Patrol Leader and Instructor.

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