Boy Scout Merit Badge Requirements


  1. Take a clear set of prints. Use 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. Do the following:
    1. Name the surfaces of the body where friction or papillary ridges are found.
    2. Explain why plain impressions must be taken on a card.
  3. Show you can identify the eight types of fingerprint patterns.
  4. Give a short history of fingerprinting. Tell the difference between civil and criminal identification. Point out the purposes of each.

BSA Advancement ID#: 49
Source: Boy Scout Requirements, #33215E, revised 2002