Bugling Merit Badge
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    Bugling Merit Badge

    Aids for the Boy-Led Scout Troop
    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!

    Sample Activity Plan

    A) Make Your Plan
    The Trail to Adventure Fun!

      1. Merit Badge Activity Preview

      2. Sample Plan Outline
      Note: This Plan is a Draft - Some dates, events and activities may change after reviewing it with your leaders.

      • Make draft of Event Flyer (See Example Here).
      • Each Participant to be notified that he needs:
      • Event Dates / Places / Dress Code / Supplies / Etc.
      • Pre-requisites (ie worksheet, blue card, research materials)
      • Homework Requirements
      • Service Project Opportunities? (See Extra Credit)
      • Outdoor & Camping Opportunities? (See Extra Credit)
      • Other Related Scouting Activities? (See Extra Credit)

      3. Meet the Merit Badge Counselor
      Review your plan with the merit badge counselor. Some activities require his advance approval. The Scoutmaster should be able to recommend a counselor to you.

      4. Patrol Leader Council
      Present Activity Proposal to your fellow patrol leaders and scoutmaster. Make assignments as needed.

      5. Field Trip Plan

      • Contact the destination venue. Confirm that they can assist with the Field Trip Requirements. Reserve your Event Dates.
      • Troop Historian should be ready to take pictures on this activity to report back on the next troop blog, newsletter or court of honor.

      6. Announce & Start Activity

      • Get final approval from your scoutmaster.
      • Update event flyer (#2) above.
      • Distribute event flyer / Begin Introduction

    B) Introduction
    Present the plan to your patrol or troop (Either at your first activity meeting or sometime earlier.)

    Here are some ideas to show why this activity will be both fun and important.

    Bugling Merit Badge
    Bugling Merit Badge

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

    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.)

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    Learn important key concepts
    Any Safety Requirements?
    Start family research reports
    Prepare for your Field Tour

    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

    Never add to or take away from the stated merit badge requirements. The material presented below is intended only to add fun for the patrol by way of either activity or community service.

    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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