Girl Scouts of are being offered a new range of clothing, following requests from Muslim scout members. The range was designed to ensure Muslim girls felt comfortable without being restricted and blends sporty style with modest tradition. Both prototypes are loose fitting 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. “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.
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.