Bugler's Bunkhouse


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The Bugler's Bunkhouse

The Bugler plays the bugle (or a similar instrument) to mark key moments of the day on troop outings, such as reveille and lights out.

Duties of the Bugler:

  • Makes appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at troop/team activities.
  • Set a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all four parts).
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.

The Troop Bugler brings a “note” of class to any function.


There are two types of Bugles:

two bugle types

The cavalry bugle has a slide that allows it to play in two different keys: G, or by pulling out the slide, F.

To sound a note, you just “buzz” your lips in the mouthpiece.  The brass tubing resonates at certain notes, and the bell amplifies the sound.

You can produce 5 notes on the bugle by tightening and loosening your lips:  C – G – C – E – G


Only 5 notes to learn!  How easy is that?

You don’t need to blow hard, and don’t puff-out your cheeks.  With a little practice you can hit all of the notes.  When your lips get tired, give them a rest!

Practice playing up and down the scale.  To make short notes, use your tongue to control the air—your tongue will be saying “to-to-koo” into the mouthpiece.

Soon you’ll be ready for some bugle calls.  Here’s the call to assembly:


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The Bugling Merit Badge is one of the original badges issued in 1911 by B.S.A.

Bugling Merit Badge Requirements:

1.  Give a brief history of the bugle.

 2. Do the following:

(a) Explain and demonstrate how the bugle makes sound, and explain how the bugle is related to other brass wind instruments.

 (b) Compose a bugle call for your troop or patrol to signal a common group activity, such as assembling for mealtime or striking a campsite. Play the call that you have composed before your unit or patrol.

 3. Sound 10 of 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 the use of each of the calls you performed.

 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.