Fingerprinting Merit Badge Pamphlet Fingerprinting Merit Badge

Fingerprinting


Requirements were REVISED effective January 1, 2004.

To see the changes which were made, Click here.

For the previous requirements, Click here.


  1. Give a short history of fingerprinting. Tell the difference between civil and criminal identification.
  2. 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.
  3. Do the following:
    1. Name the surfaces of the body where friction or papillary ridges are found.
    2. Name the two basic principles supporting the science of fingerprints and give a brief explanation of each principle.
    3. Explain what it takes to positively identify a person using fingerprints.
  4. Take a clear set of prints using ONE of the following methods:
    1. 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.
    2. Using clear adhesive tape, a pencil, and plain paper, record your own fingerprints or those of another person.
  5. 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.

Fingerprint Card for use in working on these requirements
(The Fingerprint card is already included in the worksheets below.):

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BSA Advancement ID#: 49
Requirements last updated in: 2004
Pamphlet Publication Number: 33287A or 35895
Pamphlet Stock (SKU) Number: 33287A
Pamphlet Revision Date: 2003

Worksheets for use in working on these requirements: Format
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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, 2013



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