Operation Moonlight 2016


The Meeting point for Operation Moonlight 2016 is Ormskirk School, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 2AT.

Registration will be open from 9am and all teams need to be registered by 10am.  Please make sure you work with your group to car share.

Make sure you have the correct kit and each participant has a health form (see kit list) as this will be checked and those without the correct kit or health form will not be able to take part.

The map needed is the 108 Landranger or 285 Explorer and Explorer Teams will also need 102 Landranger

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 2016 will take place on Saturday 23 January 2016.


Download team registration forms

Catcher registration


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

About Moonlight

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 16 January 2016.  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 2016 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, details of the meeting point will be posted on this website a week before the event.

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

Thank you.

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