Bugling Merit Badge
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    Bugling Merit Badge Having a good Bugler will help your troop score top honors at most any scout camporee! Very memorable is that court of honor which begins with the Bugler's Call. A fun adventure for anyone that loves Music!

    A core element of this program is to learn 15 short bugle calls and serve 3 months as Troop Bugler.


    A) Program Teaser
    Special audio visual presentation for the start of program or even one week in advance.

    Bugling Merit Badge
    Bugling Merit Badge

    Show on Laptop or portable TV & crank up the sound!


    B) Prerequisites - Leaders
    Work to be done prior to program start:


    Bugling Merit Badge C) Prerequisites - Scouts
    Work to be done prior to program start:

      Print Merit Badge Workbook
      One copy for each scout. And don't forget to have ready your Merit Badge Blue Card - (home printer version.)

      Get a Good Cavalry Bugle

      Get or borrow a quality bugle (and stay away from toys or fake bugles that play in the wrong key!) NOTE: BSA Says that A bugle, trumpet, or cornet may be used to meet these requirements.

        Troop Bugler
        Brass & Copper Cavalry Bugle - $47.00 on Amazon.
        Amazon Customer Review: Got this for my Scout bugler. He takes it on all camping trips and hikes. It is very light weight and easily hooks to a backpack. Has a good sound to it, too. My son was very happy to have it instead of lugging his full size trumpet along. Only one problem.... the mouth piece! My son called it the cookie cutter because it is way to small for the instument and hurt when he was testing it out. Since he has a trumpet, he uses his old mouth piece for the bugle. It is easy to find trumpet mouth pieces at any music store - finding a bugle is the hard part!

      Learn to Play Bugle Calls

      Need help learning those 15 bugle calls? 14 year old Alan Tolbert, a civil war bugler reenactor, has a series of YouTube Bugling Instruction Videos. (Look for Toccoa101506)
      15 Bugle Call - High Quality PDF Music Score Sheet for all 15 calls.

      Daily Bugle Practice

      Start practicing the 15 bugle calls. A good practice program would be to play each call 3 times each day for the three months that you are serving as Troop Bugler.

      Req #2b: Compose a Bugle Call
      Compose a bugle call for your troop or patrol to signal a common group activity, such as assembling for mealtime or striking a campsite. (Practice that one also.)


    Hermann Mueller from Indiana Jones E) 15 Scout Bugler Calls

      Req #3: Sound the following bugle calls
      Bugle Call Score - High Quality PDF Sheet Music

      1. First call
      2. Reveille
      3. Assembly
      4. Mess
      5. Drill
      6. Fatigue
      7. Officers
      8. Recall
      9. Church
      10. Swimming
      11. Fire
      12. Retreat
      13. To the Colors
      14. Call to Quarters
      15. Taps


    Troop Bugler F) Troop Bugler Duty

      Req #6: Serve as Troop Bugler
      Serve as bugler in your troop for three months. NOTE: A bugle, trumpet, or cornet may be used to meet these requirements. (Be prepared to participate in the following events - campouts, camporees, patrol nights, court of honor, etc.) Make sure you get that patch too!


    Bugling Merit Badge G) Program Review

    After completion of the above activities you should be ready to meet with your merit badge counselor.
    The Bugle - Wikipedia

      Bugle Skills Review
      Be prepared to discuss the following requirements:
      1. Give a brief history of the bugle.
      2a. Explain and demonstrate how the bugle makes sound, and explain how the bugle is related to other brass wind instruments.
      2b. 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 15 Bugle Calls
      4. Explain when each of the calls in requirement 3 is used.
      5. Explain how to care for, clean, and maintain a bugle.


    H) Extra Credit

    The Bugling merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911. Bugling is an extremely rare merit badge with only 684 earned in 2007!

    Music Merit Badge - If you like Bugling, then definitely check out the Music Merit Badge also.

    US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps - 2012


    J) Bugling Famous Quotes:

      Tennyson - The splendour falls on castle walls And snowy summits old in story: The long light shakes across the lakes, And the wild cataract leaps in glory. Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying, Blow, bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying.

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