Scouting/BSA/Fingerprinting Merit Badge

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The requirements to this merit badge are copyrighted by the Boy Scouts of America. They are reproduced in part here under fair use as a resource for Scouts and Scouters to use in the earning and teaching of merit badges. The requirements published by the Boy Scouts of America should always be used over the list here. If in doubt about the accuracy of a requirement, consult your Merit Badge Counselor.
Reading this page does not satisfy any requirement for any merit badge. Per National regulations, the only person who may sign off on requirements is a Merit Badge Counselor, duly registered and authorized by the local Council. To obtain a list of registered Merit Badge Counselors, or to begin a Merit Badge, please contact your Scoutmaster or Council Service Center.
Fingerprint

Requirement 1[edit]

Give a short history of fingerprinting. Tell the difference between civil and criminal identification.

Requirement 2[edit]

Explain the difference between the automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) now used by some law enforcement agencies and the biometric fingerprint systems used to control access to places like buildings, airports, and computer rooms.

Requirement 3[edit]

Do the following:

A. Name the surfaces of the body where friction or papillary ridges are found.
B. Name the two basic principles supporting the science of fingerprints and give a brief explanation of each principle.
C. Explain what it takes to positively identify a person using fingerprints.

Requirement 4[edit]

Take a clear set of prints using ONE of the following methods:

A. Make both rolled and plain impressions. Make these on an 8-by-8-inch fingerprint identification card available from your local police department or counselor.
B. Using clear adhesive tape, a pencil, and plain paper, record your own fingerprints or those of another person.

Requirement 5[edit]

Show your merit badge counselor you can identify the three basic types of fingerprint patterns and their subcategories. Using your own hand, identify the types of patterns you see.

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