By Bob Gowans
Jun 13, 2015

Introducing the Liahona Compass Award

liahona award req

Click the image to download the requirement pamphlet

Scouts have the opportunity to earn the Liahona Compass Award at summer Scout camp this year and in 2016. Recalling the “round ball of curious workmanship” given to Lehi and his family by God to direct them in the wilderness, the Liahona Compass Award directs Scouts to ponder on the decisions they make today that will affect their future.

“It has been said by one, years ago, that history turns on small hinges, and so do people’s lives. Our lives will depend upon the decision which we make — for decisions determine destiny.” – President Thomas S. Monson

Every camping season the Utah National Parks Council creates a special award focused on a Scout’s Duty to God. The compass design is a full sphere and spins on an axis engraved with President Monson’s words, “Decisions Determine Destiny.”

liahona compass award graphic

The award will be available for purchase at every camp trading post after the young man has earned the award to their leader’s satisfaction. Scout Leaders should feel free to change the requirements to suite the desired outcomes set by the group or church organization leadership.

The award is $5 in camp and $7 if ordered online HERE, plus shipping and handling. Quantity discounts available.

For questions about the Liahona Compass Award e-mail Tennys Bird at

Author:Bob Gowans Bob Gowans | Director of Camping, Utah National Parks Council

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37 thoughts on “Introducing the Liahona Compass Award

    1. Melany GardnerMelany Gardner

      As long as the Timberline is being held one of the Utah National Parks Council Scout camps, they should be available at the trading post.

    1. Melany GardnerMelany Gardner

      $5, available at any camp trading post. Add shipping if you’re ordering it straight from the council.

    1. Melany GardnerMelany Gardner

      Yes, of course! I guess the other leader or the Scouts will have to pass the leader off on the requirements.

  1. AvatarJohn Coxson

    I am hosting 35 11 year old scouts in my stake for an overnighter. Is there any way to incorporate this award?

  2. AvatarBrett

    can we purchase these at the Orem office to take to our camp if we are doing an 11 yr old camp as well?

      1. Avatarbrett

        hello, just following up… I am going to be driving through Utah Co this afternoon and wanted to make sure they are ready to buy.
        thank you

        1. Melany GardnerMelany Gardner

          Yep, they are here and ready! Many have already come and purchased some. Remember to come to the council service area, not the national Scout Shop.

  3. AvatarJason

    Two questions:
    1. Is there a patch for the Liahona Compass Award – or just the necklace?
    2. Is this replacing the Duty To God Award that scouts typically had earned during the week-long summer camp?

    1. Melany GardnerMelany Gardner

      No patch, it is just the necklace. I’m not sure I know what you mean by replacing the typical Duty to God Award at camp. Every camping season the Utah National Parks Council creates a special award focused on a Scout’s Duty to God. Last year’s award was the Shinning Sword Award and the year before was earning the LDS-BSA Commemoration Award for the Buffalo We will be offering the Liahona award for two years in a row.

  4. AvatarGreg Kearney

    Is it available outside of your council/BSA?
    Can young women in scouting either BSA Venturing or internationally receive it?

    If yes to both of these then this might solve the issue we face internationally with the “On My Honour” Award which is tied to priesthood and so presents a problem for LDS young women in Scouting world wide.

    1. Darryl AlderDarryl Alder

      Each year our camp staff issue an award like this, so it is not on going, but while supplies last it would work fine for either YM or YW, you can order a supply and if needed adapt it to your own requriements.

  5. AvatarBRETT

    I am going to be passing by the Orem shop this afternoon. You said last week they are available July 1. are they out and ready for sale so I can buy some today??

    thank you,

  6. AvatarKen Krogue

    I have to say this is one of the most cool awards I have ever seen the scouts offer. I’m excited to learn more about it. I want to earn it myself. I don’t want to just buy it, I want to earn it!

    What do I need to do?


    1. Melany GardnerMelany Gardner

      Download the requirements from the image in the article, earn it (get it signed off by a family member or fellow Scouter) and then come get your award at the Orem council office. It’s also a great award for the whole family or young women group.

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  8. AvatarLeo Wright

    Last summer at Thunder Ridge my scout troop all earned this. Almost every single boy at the end of the camp told me that this award was their favorite part of camp

  9. AvatarTwyla Taylor

    HI! I am a cub/boy scout leader in AZ….and I just now saw this award. Is it still available? And can AZ scouts earn it too? It looks really cool! My name is Twyla Taylor email is 928-241-1075
    Thanks for your response! And if AZ has an award like this…please let me know! Thanks for your response!

  10. Melany GardnerMelany Gardner

    Just got a great email from Spain about our Liahona Compass Award:

    My name is José Antonio Bamio. I am president of the Santiago District in Spain. I am writing to you because we are concerned about finding some means to motivate our young men as they progress in the goal-setting program “My Duty to God”.

    We feel that we are lacking motivation and enthusiasm in our YM program (among youth and leaders as well). We might need an improvement in the recognition system, that would reward the efforts of our youth while progressing through the inspired goal-setting program “My Duty to God”. Keep in mind that we do not have the support of the Scouting program in the Church in Spain. So, our boys experience the YM program very differently as the lds youth in the States. For instance, here a boy is supposed to be working on his goals, collecting many signatures for years, in order to qualify for a certificate and finally, after six years (if he is still an active member, because those are very tough years) he’ll receive the Duty to God award. Waiting six years to get a single award demands too much motivation from him. In the U. S., a boy gets a badge or any award perhaps every two weeks; he’ll wear it on his uniform and he will wear some awards even on his Sunday suits. The members who watch him will congratulate him right away and that helps him stay motivated and enjoy learning.

    So, what I want you to consider is the following: We would be interested in acquiring for the youth of our district some Liahona Compass Award that we would grant each youth after he (and perhaps she) demonstrates some progress in their goals. We know that the award is not thought to be used outside the States, but please consider the immense good it could cause in our youths. Since the award is not an official and exclusive ™-scout award, we feel we might not be hurting anyone by using it with our youths.

    The Liahona Compass Award contains a very powerful statement from our Prophet:
    “Decisions Determine Destiny”, and guess how it would read in Spanish:
    “Decisiones determinan el destino” So almost the very same wording!

    I am thrilled to hear from you

    José Bamio
    District President
    Santiago Spain District

    P.S. We helped him get some awards for his youth!


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