Compass Recommendations for Scouts
An essential navigation tool every Scout should own.
A good scouting compass has the following attributes:
- Liquid filled dial of at least 1.5″ diameter
- Baseplate for map work.
- Clearly marked bearing numbers on the dial.
- Sighting mirror. Not essential, but highly desirable for sighting accurate bearings. Silva, Suunto, and Brunton are popular brands of quality compasses. Here is a list of my Top Picks based on price including shipping:
Suunto MC2G $68 (my personal favorite) Silva Ranger 515 $46 Silva trekker $27 Suunto MCAD Mirror $24 (best bang for the buck) Suunto MCB Amphibian $22
Silva Guide 426 $20
Nonmirror compasses. These are ok starter compasses, but not ideal: Silva Polaris (no mirror) $16 Suunto A10 (no mirror) $13
Anything less than $10 is likely junk and will cause frustration in the field. Pick a price point and then google the model name to find a shopping link.
In summary, invest in quality compass for your Scout. A quality compass will last a lifetime. He’ll thank you when he’s in the mountains and his GPS goes blank.
YIS, Keith Savage