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What kind of compass to buy? The recommended compass for any scout is an orienteering (base plate or sighting) compass. Things to look for include:
- Clear base with a long base plate. You want a compass that you can see the map when you place your compass over it.
- Declination. You have the option of finding a compass that you can set the declination. This simplifies your compass use and reduces error.
- Bezel / dial. The bezel reads from 0 degrees to 360 degrees. Look for a compass with a 2 degree graduations for better accuracy.