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Scouts introduce new Muslim-friendly uniform

The BBC and the Daily Mail both report on a new Muslim-friendly uniform designed by the Scout Association. Around 2,000 young Muslims are members of the Scouts and the new uniform was designed to enable them to feel “comfortable without being restricted.”

From the BBC:

“Girl scouts have a new choice of uniform following requests from Muslim scout members.

“The range was designed to ensure Muslim girls felt comfortable without being restricted and includes "hoodie" and T-shirt dresses".

“Both are knee-length, and include print graphics inspired by scout badges and the spirit of adventure.

“Around 600 Muslim girls are expected to benefit, although the range is being made available to all girl scouts.

“British designer Sarah Elenany, 27, from London, created the new range out of her fashion label Elenany.

“She said she aimed to make them fun to wear, so that youngsters would relax while doing activities.

“The range aims to highlight how the scouts are modernising, increasing diversity and responding to members.

“Aamena Ismail, 12, a scout from London, said: "This dress hoodie is a fantastic idea. As a Muslim girl in scouting I feel more comfortable in it, but it's still practical and I can even wear it abseiling.

“"It's something different and a brilliant idea."

“There are already around 2,000 Muslim scout members.

“UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: "With this new clothing range, scouting is continuing to move with the times and adapt to the growing number of people from different communities who are choosing to be a part of the movement.

“"Scouting has something to offer everyone, no matter your religion, ethnicity or belief, and I'm so proud that we offer an environment for people of all backgrounds to come together and enjoy themselves."

“Around 40 UK scout groups have a predominantly Muslim membership.”

Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2012 15:40

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