The Scout Association has launched a new clothing range for Muslims in response to an increasing number of girls from the faith joining the organisation.

A “hoodie dress” and a T-shirt dress, both with long sleeves, are to be made available for activities including abseiling and climbing, following requests from the Muslim community.

The knee-length outfits feature a graphic print inspired by Scout badges and activities and are designed by Sarah Elenany, a 27-year-old British designer of Palestinian and Egyptian origin.

The Scout Association – founded in 1907 – said more than a third of all scouts worldwide are Muslim, with an estimated 2,000 Muslim scouts in the UK.

There are about 40 active UK scout groups with a predominantly Muslim membership.

The designs were launched after the association’s last census showed that, for the first time, more girls than boys were joining the movement. Female youth membership has risen 88%, to 66,576, since 2005. [Read more…]