Operation Moonlight 2015

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 2015 will take place on Saturday 24 January 2015.


Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy, Highfield Road, Croston, Leyland, Lancashire, PR26 9HH

Grid reference: SD 492 188

  • Registration opens at 08:30 – please try not to arrive early
  • Share lifts to the rendezvous point
  • Parking is limited so please follow instructions when dropping off or parking for the day
  • Teams require Ordnance Survey Map Explorer 285
  • A selection of hot breakfast barms will be available to purchase
  • Catchers do not need to register until 12:00 but come along early if you’re able to help out


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 17 January 2015.  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 2015 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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