The Scouting Family
The worldwide family of Scouts encompases all the five continents and all the world's major faiths and people. There are more than 28 million Scouts around the world, 500,000 of whom are in the United Kingdom and 2000 of whom are Muslim Scouts. Scouting is a value-based, educational movement. It believes that the world is a better place when people:
- are trustworthy, self-controlled and self-confident
- have self-respect and respect for others
- work together to serve other people and to improve society and
- have an active faith
Because these principles are integral to Islam and analogous to its values, more than a third of Scouts in world are Muslim. Muslim Scouting in Britain and in the rest of Europe is a new phenomenon. It has developed in the last ten years to cater for the needs of a growing second and third generation Muslims. Muslim Scouting developed to help young Muslims achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international community.