A man's honor is his protection in the changing fortunes of the world, LDS Church President Ezra Taft Benson told 6,500 Scouts and leaders at Encampment '88 in Island Park.

Benson Sunday admonished the Scouts, ranging in age from 12 to 18, to keep the Scout Oath, which begins, "On my honor. . ."Failing to be honorable "seems to allow their character to erode in a series of rationalizations, lies and compromises. Then when temptation presents itself, they do not have the strength of character to do that which they know to be right," Benson said.

"You cannot do wrong and feel right. It is impossible," he said.

Benson spoke before one of the largest gatherings ever of priesthood holders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The number of campers swelled to 6,500 over the weekend from the official registration of 6,100 on Thursday. The Scouts came from 32 LDS stakes in Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Montana.

Benson said the great men and women he has known in his life have been without compromise in their lives.

"Character is the one thing we make in this world and carry into the next," he said.