Inacessible due to protection level

I changed the naming of variables in my code to the same as in the code directly from the course and now I get a few errors. both are cameraRaycaster.layerHit is inacessible due to it’s protection level (39,52) and (40,29). Here is the script:

using System;
using System.Collections;
using UnityEngine;
using UnityEngine.UI;
using UnityStandardAssets.Characters.ThirdPerson;

[RequireComponent(typeof (ThirdPersonCharacter))]
public class PlayerMovement : MonoBehaviour

	[SerializeField] float walkMoveStopRadius = 0.25f;

    ThirdPersonCharacter Character;   // A reference to the ThirdPersonCharacter on the object
    CameraRaycaster cameraRaycaster;
    Vector3 currentClickTarget;

	bool isInDirectMode = false; 
    private void Start()
        cameraRaycaster = Camera.main.GetComponent<CameraRaycaster>();
        Character = GetComponent<ThirdPersonCharacter>();
        currentClickTarget = transform.position;

    // Fixed update is called in sync with physics
    private void FixedUpdate()

		if (Input.GetKeyDown(KeyCode.G)) { 
			isInDirectMode = !isInDirectMode; 
			currentClickTarget = transform.position; //clears target

		if (isInDirectMode) {
			ProcessDirectMovement ();
		} else {
			if (Input.GetMouseButton (0)) {
				print ("Cursor raycast hit " + cameraRaycaster.layerHit);
				switch (cameraRaycaster.layerHit) {
				case Layer.Walkable:
					currentClickTarget = cameraRaycaster.hit.point; 
				case Layer.Enemy:
					print ("Not moving to enemy");
					print ("SHOULDN'T BE HERE");

			var playerToClickPoint = currentClickTarget - transform.position;
			if (playerToClickPoint.magnitude >= walkMoveStopRadius) {
				Character.Move (currentClickTarget - transform.position, false, false);
			} else {
				Character.Move (, false, false);


	private void ProcessDirectMovement() {

		print ("Direct Movement"); 

		float h = Input.GetAxis("Horizontal");
		float v = Input.GetAxis("Vertical");

		Vector3 CamForward = Vector3.Scale (Camera.main.transform.forward, new Vector3 (1, 0, 1)).normalized;
		Vector3 Move = v * CamForward + h * Camera.main.transform.right;

		Character.Move (Move, false, false);

	//TODO Fix Nullreference exception reference not set to instance of object
	// line 45 playermovement.fixedupdate.

Hi @Brocolli,

In your CameraRaycaster script, what have you set the scope to of layerHit?

See also;

I am not sure what is meant by the scope of layerhit is. Here is my raycaster script, it should be the same as the completed version from the course:
using UnityEngine;

public class CameraRaycaster : MonoBehaviour
public Layer[] layerPriorities = {

[SerializeField] float distanceToBackground = 100f;
Camera viewCamera;

RaycastHit raycastHit;
public RaycastHit hit
	get { return raycastHit; }

Layer layerHit;
public Layer currentlayerHit
    get { return layerHit; }

public delegate void OnLayerChange(Layer newLayer); // Declare delegate type
public event OnLayerChange onLayerChange; // Instantiate observer set

//Event protects onlayerchange from being overwritten (can only be += or -=

void Start()
    viewCamera = Camera.main;
	//onLayerChange(Layer newLayer); // Call delegates

void Update()
    // Look for and return priority layer hit
    foreach (Layer layer in layerPriorities)
        var hit = RaycastForLayer(layer);
        if (hit.HasValue)
			raycastHit = hit.Value;
			if (layerHit != layer) { //if layer changed
				layerHit = layer;
				onLayerChange(layer); //call delegates
			layerHit = layer;

    // Otherwise return background hit
	raycastHit.distance = distanceToBackground;
    layerHit = Layer.RaycastEndStop;

RaycastHit? RaycastForLayer(Layer layer)
    int layerMask = 1 << (int)layer; // See Unity docs for mask formation
    Ray ray = viewCamera.ScreenPointToRay(Input.mousePosition);

    RaycastHit hit; // used as an out parameter
    bool hasHit = Physics.Raycast(ray, out hit, distanceToBackground, layerMask);
    if (hasHit)
        return hit;
    return null;

//understand getter (get; set)
//understand delegate



scope as in private, public etc.

If you look at your code you have layerHit as a private variable.

You are returning this via a public property called currentlayerHit, yet in your other script (first post) you are trying to access the private variable layerHit, hence the error.

Thanks now the program will run.

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No worries, glad you cam move forward again :slight_smile:

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