30/03/2012

Muslim Girl Scouts Get New Uniform

After a request by Muslim scout members girl scouts have been given a new uniform option.

Designed to ensure Muslim girls felt comfortable without being restricted the range includes a "hoodie" and T-shirt dresses".

Around 600 Muslim girls are expected to benefit from the new knee length outfits that have print graphics inspired by scout badges and the spirit of adventure, although the range is being made available to all girl scouts.

Sarah Elenany, a 27-year-old British designer, created the new range out of her fashion label Elenany.

"I wanted the scouts to be really involved in the design process - the girls told me what they wanted to wear and what issues they had with the existing range," she said.

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

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