Scouting/BSA/Bugling Merit Badge
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Give a brief history of the bugle.
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.
Requirement 3 & 4
Requirement 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.” Requirement 4: Explain when each of the calls in requirement 3 is used.
|Bugle Call||Score||Audio File||When Call is Used|
|First Call:||Used to signal the time to line up or get in formation for some activity.|
|Reveille:||Used as a wake up call. In the U.S. Army it is played while raising the flag.|
|Assembly:||Signals a call to formation or assembly in a designated spot.|
|Mess:||Used to announce "time to eat."|
|Drill:||Signals that it's time to assemble for a specific prearranged activity.|
|Fatigue:||Fatigue call (Audio)||A call to perform a work duty. In the military, fatigue duty refers work that does not require arms and derives from work done while wearing fatigues.|
|Officers:||Used to call all officers or leaders together|
|Recall:||Signals an end to current activities and time to regroup.|
|Church:||Signals that worship services are about to begin. May also be used to announce the formation of a funeral escort.|
|Swimming:||Swimming call (Audio)||Signals the start of a swimming period|
|Fire:||Announces an uncontained fire in the vicinity; can also be used for a fire drill. Can also be used as an alarm for another form of danger.|
|Retreat:||Signals the end of the day. Also known as the Sunset call. Usually played right before To the Colors.|
|To the Colors:||A salute to the flag. It is used during raising or lowering. It is used in ceremonies requiring honors to the nation more than once after the national anthem of the United States.|
|Call to Quarters:||Signals it's time to get ready for bed.|
|Taps:||Taps is played to indicate it's "light's out" and time for bed. Scouts often use it at the close of a camp or campfire. Taps has also evolved to be played at dusk, during flag ceremonies, and congress has designated that all veterans are entitled to a bugler at their funerals. When there is a lack of a bugler available, congress now allows a taped bugle. When you are good at your bugle playing, you can volunteer to wear your uniform and play at a funeral for one of American's veterans via Bugles Across America!|
Explain how to care for, clean, and maintain a bugle.
Serve as bugler in your troop for three months.
- Bugling Merit Badge with Workbook PDF, current requirements, and resources.
- YouTube video playlist of bugle calls for the BSA merit badge
- ScoutBugle.com a website dedicated to those who would like to learn more about bugling
- Care and Maintenance of Brass Instruments
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