The New Scout Uniform for Muslim Girls

Steve Doughty, Daily Mail (London), March 30, 2012

The Scouts have designed a special uniform for Muslim girls to cater for their growing female membership.

A hoodie dress and a T-shirt dress which ‘encapsulate the adventurous spirit of Scouting’ are now available to attract recruits from Muslim families.

It is hoped that the new uniforms will allow the movement to build on its growing popularity with girls. Around one in six of the 400,000 UK Scouts is a girl.

At present a typical uniform for a girl Scout includes a short-sleeved T-shirt and no headgear. The new dresses both have long sleeves, are knee-length and can be worn with a headscarf.

They feature orange symbols based on the Scout badges for camping, canoeing, scuba diving and windsurfing.

There are currently 2,000 Muslim Scouts and 40 Scout groups which have predominantly Muslim members in Britain.

Scout leaders say they are attracting interest from increasing numbers of Muslims from second and third generation immigrant families.

The organisation has also been working hard to recruit girls and claimed to have signed up more girls than boys in 2010 to 2011.

Traditionally, girls would have joined the Guides, who number 530,000. Girls have been allowed into the Scouts since 1976.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: ‘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.’

The dresses were developed by Palestinian British designer Sarah Elenany, who aimed to create a uniform which did not necessarily mark out its wearer as a Muslim.

She said: ‘Girls told me what they wanted to wear and what issues they had with the existing range.

‘They feel more comfortable wearing the new outfits and feedback from Muslims and non-Muslims has been brilliant.’

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  • IstvanIN

    That isn’t a uniform.  She looks like a ghetto ragamuffin.  In fact the “regular” uniform worn by the normal girl is nothing more than streets clothes with a kerchief.  And did anyone get a load of the group picture of Britsh Girl Scouts?  I could be rude but I won’t, I am sure most of you see what I see.

    • Zorro

      She looks like she is going to wash her father’s car.

  • Will they get badges for female genital mutilation, & treating wounds of domestic abuse ?

    • crystal evans

      What about a badge for Avoiding being the victim of an honor killing? Another one for how to avoid being forced to marry someone your parents want you to marry.

  • bluffcreek1967

    The interesting thing is that if Muslims ever completely took over Europe (which doesn’t sound too improbable in light of current trends), under Islamic law the Girl Scouts would most likely  be banned!

  • Whiteyyyyy

    They always throw in lines like that. I think it’s just to piss people off, otherwise it makes no obvious sense.

  • Spartan24708

    I wouldn’t mind a dress or skirt option since neither I nor my daughter wear pants however I have to agree that she does look rather ghetto. A nice skirt or jumper with a long sleeve top would look better.

    • Personally, I would prefer the no Muslim “option.” I guess I’m a purist.

      • Spartan24708

        As do I, IMHO ladies should dress as ladies and not ghetto snipes.

        Sent from my iPad

        • Spartan24708

          When I was in girl scouts we had green jumpers, a green printed shirt with a sash for merit badges, not a hoodie dress/long tshirt or whatever that thing is. 

    • anonymous_amren

      Scary. You really should learn how to wear pants when the need calls for it.

  • Xanthippe2

    I think the Muslim outfit looks more attractive and more comfortable than the orange polyester shirt thing that White girl scouts in Britan apparently wear, but this is sort of beside the point.  Britain should be for the British — what clothes they wear hardly matters.

  • JackKrak

    Aren’t the scouting virtues of learning independence, acquiring skills and developing self-confidence incompatible with being a muslim female anyway?

    • crystal evans

      I agree especially since the Girl Scouts also learn about different careers as well as assertiveness, which can be lethal for Muslim girls when they turn down their parent’s choice of a spouse and end up the victim of an honor killing.

  • just sick…

  • This story is about scouts in Britain, so my analogy may not be valid.

    But doesn’t it seem to some of you that the American scouts have misplaced priorities?

    No white homosexuals, but Hispanics and Muslims?  Come on in.

    I can sometimes see where the Boy Scouts are coming from, after the Sandusky affair.  But the whole deal seems backwards to me.

  • loyalwhitebriton

    Lord Baden Powell, a committed Christian, would be turning in his grave.

  • Spartan24708

    Nothing wrong with modesty but the Muslims take it way too far and then start making demands that our women dress like they do. Good for the Australian lifeguards who fought back when this happened a couple of summers ago. 

    • Zorro

      I saw a few Muslim women wearing their Bandit masks at a large Retail Store, recently. They reminded me of the Sand people from “Star Wars”.

  • This story concerns the British Girl Scouting organization.  But now for a little message on American Girl Scouting.  It is no longer all sweetness, Brownines and GS cookies.  After decades of  leftist and lesbian influence, the Girl Scouts national organization is but a passing memory of what used to be right about America.  GS materials lean leftist, lesbian and if not outright antiChristian then weirdly hippie-like.  One does not need to look too far to find the almost sappy, lovefest for all things marxist.  The GS motto has long ago been altered to option out the concept of “God”.

    Locally, troop leaders can mold their organization to be more traditional in approach.  My wife’s troop has gone through all the stages from Brownie to Seniors and all under the watchful guidance of our church.  It is what was of the GS.  That does not mean that the GS organization at a national level isn’t rotten and in need of an American Revolution as it is all too evident that the Girl Scouts have surrendered to the marxist influences. 

    • Zorro

      Absolutely. I know many people who have taken their daughters out of the Girl Scouts for various reasons. That sounds strange to say since all my sisters were in the Girl Scouts starting at the youngest age.

      But, as you have written, Marxist influences have poisoned the once great Institution for American girls.

      I read a story a year or so ago about a woman who had belonged to the Girl Scouts, as did her mother, and her older sisters, but currently found what was taking place in the Girl Scouts, repulsive, as a Scout Leader, whose daughter was a member.  

      Well, this woman did something about it, and formed a new Organization for Christian American girls called the Heritage Girls. When I last read the article, this new group had about 20,000 girls involved, with parents eager to sign their daughters up for this alternative to the Marxist, Feminist, anti-Christian, and anti-American bile being dispensed by the Girl Scout Organization.

      Get your daughters involved in a real American Organization.