VIRTUAL FINGERPRINTING MERIT BADGE SESSION

The following files will prove helpful in preparation for this Virtual BSA Fingerprinting Merit Badge Session. This Merit Badge session will be held on SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2020 FROM 10:00 AM TO NOON. This time is necessary to accomplish all the requirements needed to be awarded the Merit Badge.

After Registering for this Merit Badge Session you will be provided a link so you may join this Virtual Merit Badge session on Saturday.

INTRODUCTION

My name is Ed Scallon, and I am the Merit Badge Counselor for this session of the Boy Scouts of America Fingerprinting Merit Badge. Like any other skill, knowledge and practice develops the essential tools needed to succeed. Fingerprinting is currently the world wide recognized method of personal identification. Historically, in ancient times, curiosity surrounded the ridges discovered on the palmer surface of the hands. Over the course of human events, there were several theories to explain their presence. During history there were several attempts to use these finger ridges, but it wasn't until 1897 that two investigators developed a scientific postulate which later was adopted and is now known as the Henry System of Fingerprint Classification. Azizul Haque  and Hem Chandra Bose, two Indian fingerprint experts are credited with the primary development of the Henry System of fingerprint classification. The system Haque and Bose developed was named for their supervisor, Edward Richard Henry. This session will cover all Five BSA Merit Badge Retirements for Fingerprinting including its history.
Most, if not all, Scout Shops are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you do not have a copy of the Boy Scout of America Merit Badge Series FINGERPRINTING, with the permission of the BSA, I have scanned the booklet so you can download it, print it and read it.
Below are some helpful links that Scouts can utilize as an introduction of what they will experience during the session. I also provided some examples of sample answers to the requirement(s). They are presented in order, following the required elements outlined in your Fingerprinting Merit Badge Series Booklet. Through the efforts of the Narragansett Counsel BSA Executive Liaison we can hold this Session using Zoom. Good Luck and Have fun.

Any problems with this web site -or- if the below links don't work, HAVE YOUR PARENT, SCOUT MASTER -or- UNIT LEADER leave me a note below, and I will correct the problem.

FILES

REQUIRED READING BEFORE THE SESSION - IF YOU DO NOT OWN THE MERIT BADGE SERIES ON FINGERPRINTING - DOWNOAD THE BOOKLET FROM THE FOLLOWING LINK = FINGERPRINTING MERIT BADGE SERIES = YOU WILL NEED IT FOR THE SESSIONS !! Pay particular attention to the Requirements 1-3 a, b & c.

Requirements 4 & 5 including their sub-parts will be conducted during the session, therefore, YOU MUST DOWNLOAD AND PRINT ALL THE FOLLOWING FILES:

FINGERPRINT CARD #1

FINGERPRINT CARD #2

FINGERPRINT CARD #3

FINGERPRINT CARD #4.

FINGERPRINT CARD #5

These are actual fingerprint cards - save them for the session YOU WILL NEED THEM TO COMPLETE REQUIREMENTS 4 & 5 !!

You will select one fingerprint from any of those Fingerprint Cards. Based upon your reading and the lecture during the Merit Badge Session, you will identify the ridge pattern of the finger print you selected. For Example, if you selected Fingerprint Card #4 and from that card you selected the thumb of the Right Hand, when the moderator calls that it is your turn, you would tell me what you have determined that ridge pattern to be.

The following is not required but is VERY helpful in completing the Requirements and understanding the material. You can download it= MERIT BADGE WOORKBOOK = If you use the workbook, complete Requirements 1-3 a, b &c. Disregard Requirements 4 & 5.

The following is a Henry Classification work sheet. It is helpful in understanding the values assigned to the fingerprints and is the basis for the Primary Classification. This is not required but IT IS VERY HELPFUL IN UNDERSTANDING FINGERPRINTING the link is = CLASSIFICTION SHEET

If you would like a blank fingerprint card, known by the FBI as FD-258 Click Here for the BLANK CARD

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EXAMPLES OF REQUIREMENT ANSWERS

Requirement 1 (Click Here)

Requirement 2 (Click Here)

Requirement 3 (a) - (c) (Click Here)

Requirement(s) 4 & 5 (Click Here)

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