Girl Scout Compasses

Learning the mysterious skills of the compass was often a highlight for a Girl Scout. 

  • In the early years compasses were offered in the catalogs, but did not have the logo. 

  • The first compass with a Girl Scout mark happened in the 1931 catalog. 

  • No compasses were sold during the height of World War II.  

1931

  • 3 compass styles were offered:

    • M-351 & M-352 look the same, but for 50 cents more, the M-352 had small dots of radium (!) on the North and Scout points so they could be seen in the dark.

    • M-353 did not have the trefoil on it.

1933

2 styles are known:

  • Green accent to the dial face

  • No green accent to dial face

Canadian Girl Guide Compass from the same era

1933

1935

  • This design was the standard Girl Scout compass until 1964

  • Different shades of green Bakelite are known

  • No compasses were sold in the 1942 Fall - 1945 Spring catalogs

No compasses were sold through the GS catalogs from

Fall of 1942 through Spring of 1945

1946

1950

1962

1970

  • Traditional trefoil

  • Image is black & white from catalog

  • MM on left edge is noted in 1,2,3,etc.

  • "GS" mark

  • MM on left edge noted in 1,2,3,etc. 

  • "GS" mark

  • MM on left edge noted in 10, 20, 30, etc.

  • Silva System on right lower corner changed

1965

1979

1979

1991

  • Subtle change in 1999

    • "Girl Scout" wording changes to black​

    • Compass needle is 2-tone

    • Size remains the same, though it looks smaller here

1999

These 2 yellowish-greenish Girl Scout compasses with black dials are different and were launched in different years:

The one on the left:

  • Debut in 1987

  • Girl Scout logo on lower left corner

  • open spot for lanyard is on the bottom

  • The large arrow on the plastic near the bottom is open black lines

The one on the lower left:

  • Debut in 1989

  • Girl Scout logo in on the upper right

  • open spot for lanyard is on the top

  • Large black arrow near the bottom is solid black

Some years one style was in the catalog, on other years the other one was offered.

1987

1992

1993

1989

1999

  • Design change to a rounded bottom

  • GS mark moved to left side

  • Image is poor quality, compass on multicolored background

2007

2015

2015

2018

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