Operation Moonlight 2018


The meeting point for Operation Moonlight 2018 is…


Winstanley Rd, Orrell, Wigan WN5 7XF

Registration will be open from 8.30am to 10.00am.

Full kit check will take place after your team has registered.  Please make sure you read the kit list as teams without the right kit will be unable to take part. Please take notice of the first aid kit requirements as in previous years some teams have not had a sufficient first aid kit.  Remember also your medical forms.

Map is EXPLORER 285

See you on Saturday!


Operation Moonlight 2018 will take place on Saturday 20 January 2018.


Operation Moonlight Application Form 2018

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 13 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 2018 Application Form  for you to download, complete and return with payment. Cost will be £8 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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