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Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Bugling Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Bugling Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.





Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Bugling Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Your bugle, trumpet, or coronet

5. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work


1. Give a brief history of the bugle.

Scouts should have this written out to show the counselor that some thought and research has gone into this requirement and Scouts should be prepared to discuss their findings.  Scouts will not automatically be signed off on this requirement just for attending as the requirement states that they must 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.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be ready to demonstrate their fulfillment of this requirement in the class.


3. Sound 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".

Scouts should begin practicing these bugle calls immediately so that during the class they may make the most of their time with the counselor.  Scouts should not expect to become proficient during the class on any of these bugle calls.  Preparation and practice is a MUST.


4. Explain when each of the calls in requirement 3 is used.

Scouts will spend time in the class working on this requirement.  It is strongly recommended for ensuring the best opportunity of receiving credit for this requirement that Scouts bring their notes and research in an ordered format to help facilitate their explanation during the class.


5. Explain how to care for, clean, and maintain a bugle.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be ready to demonstrate their fulfillment of this requirement in the class.


6. Serve as bugler in your troop for three months

Obviously this requirement can NOT be completed as part of the class.  However, Scouts having served successfully as their Troop Bugler should bring a note signed by their Scoutmaster AND Senior Patrol Leader for consideration by the counselor for sign off at the class if they have completed this requirement..


NOTE:  A bugle, trumpet, or cornet may be used to meet these requirements


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015