Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Bugling Merit Badge






Click Here to go to the Frederick Military Academy Alumni website Bugle calls page, which also has copies of the bugle calls in a number of formats, including WAV files by a professional bugler. The bugle calls from that page can also be accessed from the individual bugle call pages linked below.

  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.
  3. Sound the following bugle calls:
        o First Call
        o Reveille
        o Assembly
        o Mess
        o Drill
        o Fatigue
        o Officers
        o Recall
        o Church
        o Swimming
        o Fire
        o Retreat
        o To the Colors
        o Call to Quarters
        o Taps
  4. Explain when each of the calls in requirement 3 is used.
  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.

Bugling Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.