These resources will help you work on the Fingerprinting merit badge and answer the questions for the requirements. You can find additional ideas on my Fingerprinting merit badge page.
You can download requirements and resources section of the Fingerprinting merit badge pamphlet are available as a free PDF. Or you can get the complete Fingerprinting merit badge pamphlet which has a lot of the information needed for the badge.
Here are some books which will help you complete this merit badge:
Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case that Launched Forensic Science – This book by Colin Beavan tells the history of fingerprinting and recalls the story of the first case which was solved through fingerprints. Henry Faulds is the Scottish scientist who brings this new forensic science to light.
Dusted and Busted! The Science of Fingerprinting – Learn the terminology and science of fingerprinting. Test your own fingerprinting skills.
Forensic Science: Fundamentals and Investigations – This is a more textbook like approach to forensic science. Fingerprinting is covered in depth.
Opportunities in Forensic Science Careers – If you are interested in finding out about the different career opportunities in forensic science, then this is the book for you.
CSI Expert! Forensic Science for Kids -This book has hands on activities to make your study of fingerprinting more fun and interactive.
Detective Science: 40 Crime-Solving, Case-Breaking, CrookCatching Activities for Kids – This is another fun, hands on approach to the topic of forensics. Kids will get to do their own “crime-solving” based on the evidence in front of them.
Science Fair Winners: Crime Scene Science – Do you want to do a science fair project related to forensic science and fingerprinting? This book has plenty of ideas for your forensics science fair project. Detailed ideas for 20 science fair projects are included.
If you can’t find the answers in the books listed above, these websites will help you find the answers for the Fingerprinting merit badge:
- Latent Print Examination – Learn about fingerprints, palmprints, and footprints. This site is more technical than the books listed above. It might be of more interest to merit badge counselors than Scouts who are working on the badge.
- Young Forensic Scientists Forum – You can connect with members of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists here. If you have done a little research into forensic science and think you might be interested in a career in the field, then this would be a good place to ask questions.