Music and Bugling Merit Badge Pamphlet Bugling Merit Badge 


These were the requirements before the revisions made in 2012

To see the changes made at that time, Click here.

To see the CURRENT requirements, Click here.

For the previous requirements, Click here

Bugling merit badge was to be discontinued in 2011
and its requirements were to be merged into Music merit badge,
but BSA has reconsidered that action and decided to retain Bugling as a separate merit badge.

A revised merit badge pamphlet which merged Bugling into Music was released in early 2010,
but a replacement, retaining both badges was released in 2011 to replace it.

The requirements for this merit badge never changed during this period

The Music and audio files for the bugle calls listed in Requirement No. 3
can be found on our Bugle Call Page
or by clicking on the individual bugle calls listed below.

Click Here to download and/or print a PDF file of the bugle calls. (4 pages - 1.8 MB)

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:
    1. Explain and demonstrate how the bugle makes sound, and explain how the bugle is related to other brass wind instruments.
    2. 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:
  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.

BSA Advancement ID#: 32
Requirements last updated in: 2004
Pamphlet Stock Number: 33341A or 35921
Pamphlet Revision Date: 2003 - 2011 Printing

Worksheets for use in working on these requirements: Prepared by
Craig Lincoln
Word Format PDF Format

Blanks in this worksheets table appear when we do not have a worksheet for the badge that includes these requirements.

Page updated on: May 11, 2022

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