It is here, Moonlight 2014,

The Finish/Rendezvous Point: Maghull High School, Gainsborough Avenue, Maghull (GR. 3700 0150)

PLEASE NOTE: Entrance to the School is on GAINSBOROUGH AVENUE and we are using a One Way System.

Moonlight Rendezvous

Registration starts at 8.30am for running teams.  Please try not to be there before 8.30am.  Please expect to stand around for a while before the buses are loaded, we have at least 90 teams that need kit checks and registering so please be patient.  There will be separate lines for registration so please check the sign to see which line to be in.  Please try to share lifts as much as possible.

MEETING AREA!!  There will be an assigned meeting area for teams when they arrive so please do not plan to meet the rest of your team on the car park.  There will be signs with your group name on so teams can meet under them.

Please re read the rules to make sure you are up to date and nothing has changed since you last read them.

ATTENTION CATCHERS!! Please make sure you have registered online.  We need to know Membership Numbers ASAP, Thanks.

Catchers do not need to turn up before 12 noon but if you are available to help earlier please make yourselves know to us.

ATTENTION!!! Today is the time that you should check that you have everything needed on the kit list, If you don’t have the right equipment, you will NOT take part in the event!

If you have your own Hi Vis Jacket, please could you bring it with you.  Could all catchers who borrowed Hi Vis Jackets last year please return them, Thanks.

Maps required: Ordnance Survey Explorer 285 or Landranger 108.


Operation Moonlight is an evasion exercise that takes place in January, somewhere in West Lancashire.  Teams from Ormskirk District and beyond are invited to take part from Scouts, Guides, Explorers, Network & Veterans.

Operation Moonlight 2014 will take place on Saturday 25th January 2014.

Download the application form from here

Catchers please follow this link to register.

IMPORTANT – All Scouters taking part must fill in a Health form which must be handed in at registration to take part. 

A team will consist of 4 Scouts or Guides with one adult leader or Explorer Scout / Network member.  As a special concession, teams of 4 Scouts or Guides may take part without a Leader at the Group Scout Leader’s discretion.  Larger team sizes are permitted to a maximum of 7.  Smaller teams are not allowed under Scout Association rules.  Explorer Scouts take part in the event in Teams of 4 or more and compete in a totally separate Explorer Scout competition.  Network and Veteran teams are also invited but will not be included in the results.

The four categories of teams are as follows:

  • Solo Scouts (a team made up of just scouts without a leader)
  • Led Scouts (a team made up of Scouts with one leader)
  • Explorer Scouts
  • Network & Veteran

Please read the rules carefully for what constitutes each a valid team.

The aim of the exercise is to navigate a course from a secret start location to the finish whilst avoiding catchers, and returning with as many lives as possible intact.  As a rough guide the course will be 9 hours long and approximately 10 miles on a direct route, however most teams usually walk a greater distance to avoid catchers.

Catchers (in catching teams – minimum 1, maximum 4) are also Operation Moonlight Marshall’s and whilst trying to catch as many teams as possible for the catchers prize they are also there to ensure the safety and well being of the teams.  Catchers are not permitted to use bicycle’s and any drivers must be over the age of 21 years. Catchers must register online  by 18 January 2014.  You register by clicking on “catchers” on the tool bar on the left.  Please follow the instructions carefully.  Make sure those who normally catch know about this as we don’t want to turn people away.

There is an Operation Moonlight 2014 Application Form  for you to download, complete and return with payment. Cost will be £7 per team member (same for leader) – you must also include in the total amount £5 deposit per team for the Arm Bands.  A £5 note will be returned at the end of the event when the armbands have been handed in.

Once you have registered and paid, you will be sent further details a week before the event including a meeting point, equipment list and rule book.

For any queries or further information please contact the Moonlight organisers on moonlight@ormskirkscouts.org.uk

Thank you.

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