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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:

  1. Clear base with a long base plate.  You want a compass that you can see the map when you place your compass over it.
  2. Declination.  You have the option of finding a compass that you can set the declination.  This simplifies your compass use and reduces error.
  3. Bezel / dial. The bezel reads from 0 degrees to 360 degrees. Look for a compass with a 2 degree graduations for better accuracy.

Compass & Map Skills