Fingerprinting Merit Badge Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky Fingerprinting
Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:
Monday, June 25, 2018 online 8 Scouts
Saturday, March 17, 2018 Oakdale, MN 8 Scouts
Saturday, March 18, 2017 Oakdale, MN 7 Scouts
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 online 2 Scouts
Saturday, March 12, 2016 Maple Plain, MN 15 Scouts
Saturday, March 7, 2015 Maple Plain, MN 24 Scouts
Saturday, March 15, 2014 Maple Plain, MN 10 Scouts
Saturday, March 16, 2013 Maple Plain, MN 24 Scouts
Saturday, March 9, 2013 Osseo, MN 16 Scouts
Saturday, March 10, 2012 Maple Plain, MN 24 Scouts
Saturday, March 12, 2011 Richfield, MN 20 Scouts
Saturday, May 1, 2010 Rum River Scout Camp 16 Scouts
Saturday, March 6, 2010 Richfield, MN 12 Scouts
Fingerprinting Merit Badge Pamphlet
Created: 1938
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MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENTS source: 2019 Scouts BSA Requirements

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 law enforcement agencies and the biometric fingerprint systems used to control access to computers and places like buildings and airports.


3. 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.


4. 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 your counselor.

b. 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.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019