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Beaver group based on Islam to launch in Maidenhead

A new scouting group based around the Islamic faith is set to be launched to encourage participation from Muslims.

Furze Platt Scout Group is starting the beaver colony – for children aged six to eight – following a request made about six months ago by representatives of Maidenhead Mosque.

Neil Trivedi, the group’s leader, hoped it would allow children from a part of the town’s community that had not heavily participated in scouting previously to enjoy its benefits.

He said: “The aim is, in the long term, to build up a separate scout group in Maidenhead based on the Muslim faith, but open to all, because that is what scouting is about.”

He emphasised that ‘it is open to all – anyone who is the right age’.

Neil added: “We have faith groups in existence all around the country.

“They are based on churches and Christian faith.

“We are trying to get people who have not participated.”

Muslim scout groups already exist in Slough and Reading.

The colony, which has 12 beavers signed up, will be officially launched at the scout group’s headquarters in Cookham Road on Sunday, November 5.

Councillors and senior members of the mosque, which is in Holmanleaze, are due to attend.

“As part of scouting we have to have a look at faith and religion,” Neil said.

“It is part of the faith badge – going to different places of worship.”

Neil hopes the colony will grow to a maximum of 24 beavers in the next year, though Furze Platt Scout Group will attempt to accommodate anybody interested.

“(Muslims) are probably not represented as well as they could be (in Maidenhead),” he said.

“It is giving all children an opportunity to join and experience the benefits of scouting, so, for me, it is opening up to the community that was not involved for whatever reason and making it accessible.”

Visit www.fpscouts.org.uk to learn more about the group.

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  • JohnJ

    14:02, 01 November 2017

    Does this not suggest an inability to integrate?

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  • Jake1002

    21:09, 28 October 2017

    Not racist but whats there new logo going to be a beaver in a burka.

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  • Christian

    08:08, 27 October 2017

    Good for Neil, well done - anything that gets more young people out and learning new skills is a great thing! The scouting organisation is historically a Christian based organisation and as we live in a multicultural country, it is only right that adjustments are made for British children from other faiths. In my opinion, Christianity is not a British value, tolerance and inclusivity is.

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    • NHS Fan

      00:12, 28 October 2017

      I hope that adjustments are also going to be made for those of no faith! We are a family of no religious faith. More than 20 years ago my son attended a local Beaver group a few times. I made enquiries as to what to do as my son was not prepared to 'promise to love God' in an enrolment ceremony. He was left with no alternative but to stop going to Beavers!

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    • Jake1002

      16:04, 27 October 2017

      But it adjustments that are not being made for the british children its for the muslim children yet again

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