Scouts join Iftar 2012
Iftar 2012 is a national campaign that will celebrate the fact that the Olympics 2012 will this year fall within the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and Scout Groups will be at hand to help out.
Iftar 2012 invites athletes the world over to participate in communal religious activities of joining in Iftars (the breaking of the fast) in their local mosques. Athletes, participants and onlookers will be invited to mosques all over the country to break their fast.
The Iftars will be hosted and served by local Scout Groups. The opportunity to get involved with Iftar 2012 will give Scouts the opportunity to work towards their Community Challenge Award. It will also encourage them to take pride in their religious values and to meet their sporting role models.
The launch for the event was held at Regent's Park Mosque in London on 11 June. Mosque members were joined by Scouts from Luton, London, Bristol and Cardiff and shown a few sporting skills by Team GB Hockey player, Darren Cheeseman. The British Home Office minister James Brokenshire also welcomed the initiative to celebrate the Muslim faith and Britain's multicultural mix.
The Iftars will run throughout Ramadan in six different cities around the UK: Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and London.
Scouting for all
Scouting is open to all young people aged 6 to 25 of every faith and background, and spiritual development is an important aspect of our programme. Interest from Muslim communities has continued to grow, with a 19% increase in the number of young people experiencing Scouting in predominantly Muslim Groups.
To find out more about spiritual development in Scouting, take a look at our resources.