BUGLES AND SCOUTING 

BRUCE MCCREA 

Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of World Scouting, introduced the idea of Boy Scouting to the British public with the 1908 publication of his book SCOUTING FOR BOYS. On page 44 of that book, he included the music for “The Scout’s Call” with the caption "For scout master to call together his troop by bugle." Bugles were a part of Scouting at its beginnings and have been a part of Scouting ever since. This is a compilation of information on bugles and Scouting.

The table of contents is below.  The chapters and sections of chapters that are completed are .pdf file.  The date in the name of the file is the last time the chapter was revised.  This allows me to revise a chapter when I discover new information without afftecting the rest of the book.  Chapters that are long or have a large number of photos are split into several .pdf files because of the limit on the size of file I can upload.  I would appreciate receiving information on bugles and Scouting that adds to what I have here.

I believe it is very appropriate that I began to post these chapters just before May 31 and June 1, 2015.  100 years ago, during the night of May 31 and June 1, 1915, London Boy Scout buglers began the service that they continued the rest of World War I, riding their bicycles around London after German air raids sounding the All Clear on their bugles.  See Chapter 8,  LONDON’S ALL CLEAR BOY SCOUT BUGLERS OF WORLD WAR I, the first chapter I am posting. 

Status as of July 30, 2015.

Chapters completed and posted - Chapters 1, 3, 4, and 8  (Chapter 3 updated 9 June 2015.. Chapters 4 and 8 updated 2 July 2015.)

Parts of chapters completed and posted - Chapter 2 Section A through Section F.

Bugles and Scouting

 

PRINTABLE TITLE PAGE AND TABLE OF CONTENTS

pdfBuglesScoutingtTitlePageContents2015-07-30.pdf 

 

SCOUT BUGLE IDENTIFIER AND PHOTO INDEX

pdfBuglesScouting-BugleIdentifier-2015-06-09.pdf 

 

Chapter 1. INTRODUCTION

 

Part 1 - Pages 1-1 to 1-4  - pdfBuglesScouting-Chapter1Part1-2015-06-03rev.pdf

 

Part 2 - Pages 1-5 to 1-8 - pdfBuglesScouting-Chapter1Part2-2015-06-03.pdf

 

Chapter 2. OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL BUGLES AND ACCESSORIES MARKETED TO AMERICAN BOY SCOUTS  (As of June 7, 2015, Chapter 2 is completed through Section F.)

 

Part 1 - Pages 2-1 to 2-5 - pdfBuglesScouting-Chapter2Part1-2015-07-30.pdf 

 

Part 2 - Pages 2-6 to 2-9 - pdfBuglesScouting-Chapter2Part2Rev-2015-06-06.pdf 

 

Part 3 - Pages 2-10 to 2-13 - pdfBuglesScouting-Chapter2Part3-2015-06-06.pdf

 

Part 4 - Pages 2-14 to 2-17 - pdfBuglesScouting-Chapter2Part4-2015-06-06.pdf

 

Part 5 - Pages 2-18 to 2-21 - pdfBuglesScouting-Chapter2Part5-2015-06-06.pdf 

 

Part 6 - Pages 2-22 to 2-25 - pdfBuglesScouting-Chapter2Part6-2015-06-06.pdf

 

Part 7 - Pages 2-26 to 2-29 - pdfBuglesScouting-Chapter2Part7-2015-06-06.pdf 

 

A. A POSSIBLE OFFICIAL BUGLE OF THE UNITED STATES BOY SCOUTS - page 2-1

B. HISTORY OF BUGLES SOLD BY BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA - page 2-2

C. THE MYSTERY OF THE REXCRAFT “JAMBOREE” BUGLE - page 2-22

D. OTHER BUGLES SOLD IN THE U.S THAT WERE ENGRAVED “BOY SCOUT” - page 2-23

E. OFFICIAL BOY SCOUT BUGLES IN PRIZE CATALOGS - page 2-28

F. BUGLE BAGS AND CORDS SOLD BY BSA - page 2-29

G. BUGLE INSTRUCTION BOOKS SOLD BY BSA

H BUGLE ADS IN BOYS LIFE MAGAZINES AND BOY SCOUT HANDBOOKS

 

Chapter 3. OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL BUGLES OF OTHER NATIONAL SCOUT ASSOCIATIONS

pdfBuglesScouting-Chapter3-2015-06-09.pdf

A. OFFICIAL GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA BUGLE - page 3-1

B. OFFICIAL BOY SCOUTS OF THE PHILIPPINES BUGLE - page 3-3

C. UNOFFICIAL AMERICAN "GIRL SCOUT" BUGLE - page 3-4

C. UNOFFICIAL CANADIAN "BOY SCOUT" BUGLE - page 3-5

 

Chapter 4. BUGLER/BUGLING MERIT BADGES AND PROFICIENCY BADGES

pdfBuglesScouting-Chapter4-2015-07-03.pdf

 

 A. BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA - page 4-1

B. GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA - page 4-4

C. THE BOY SCOUT ASSOCIATION (UK AND THE COMMONWEALTH) BUGLER PROFICIENCY BADGE - page 4-5

D. THE BOY SCOUT ASSOCIATION BANDSMAN PROFICIENCY BADGE - page 4-6

 

Chapter 5. ONLY IN THE BSA? - BUGLER POSITION PATCHES AND BUGLING COMPETITIONS AND AWARDS

 

Chapter 6. SCOUT DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS 

 

Chapter 7. CIGARETTE CARDS, POSTCARDS, POSTAGE STAMPS, TOY FIGURES, MAGAZINE COVERS, AND SHEET MUSIC SHOWING SCOUT BUGLERS

A. CIGARETTE CARDS

B. POSTCARDS

C. POSTAGE STAMPS

D. TOY FIGURES

F. MAGAZINE COVERS

G. SHEET MUSIC

 

Chapter 8. LONDON’S ALL CLEAR BOY SCOUT BUGLERS OF WORLD WAR I

 

Part 1 - pages 8-1 to 8-8 - pdfBuglesScouting-Chapter8Part1-2015-07-02.pdf

 

Part 2 - pages 8-9 to 8-10 - pdfBuglesScouting-Chapter8Part2-2015-07-02.pdf

 

Chapter 9. PURCHASING A BUGLE FOR A BOY SCOUT OR BOY SCOUT TROOP

 

Chapter 10. HOW MUCH IS MY BOY SCOUT BUGLE WORTH?

 

Appendix I. CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF APPEARANCES OF BUGLES, BUGLE BAGS, AND BUGLE CORDS IN BSA EQUIPMENT CATALOGS AND ADS IN BOY SCOUT HANDBOOKS AND BOYS LIFE MAGAZINES

 

Appendix II. LINKS

 

 

 

 

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