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Fingerprinting Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2021 Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Fingerprinting Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Fingerprinting merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

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