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JOURNEY BEGINS: First-ever Muslim-led Scout group in Garston and Watford opens for young adventurers

 Published on: 6th December 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Garston and Watford’s first-ever Muslim-led Scout group has been launched, which local leaders are calling a huge step for inclusivity in the area’s history.

A year ago, Jack Mawhinney, North Watford’s district Cubs leader, responded to an enquiry about the concept of a Muslim-led Scout group.

The vision was to create a group that would uphold the fundamental principles and values of the Scout movement while incorporating elements of Islamic culture and values into the program.

After a year of meticulous planning, the inaugural session of 7th North Watford Scouts was held recently.

The young participants, alongside adult volunteers, engaged in a variety of activities, including learning fire-lighting techniques and enjoying each other’s company around a campfire.

A spokesperson for North Watford Scouts said: “One of the remarkable outcomes of this session was the surge of interest from at least six adult participants, who eagerly stepped forward to volunteer.

“This overwhelming response showcases the potential for this initiative to not only positively impact the lives of young Muslim Scouts, but also to engage and mobilise a dedicated cadre of adult volunteers.”

If you are interested in joining the group, email

Photo Credit: North Watford Scouts

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