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New Muslim scout leaders sought by Mosaic charity

Muslim scouts and leaders in London

A charity is launching a campaign to recruit more Muslims to lead scouting packs across London.

Mosaic, formed to encourage young Muslims to engage with society, is hoping to address the lack of adult volunteers to help scout packs.

There is currently a waiting list of 33,500 youngsters unable to become scouts because of the shortfall.

Moadh Kheriji, chairman of the Muslim Scouts Fellowship, said it would help with the "urgent need".

He said: "Mosaic have responded to a very urgent need and we are delighted to be working with them to facilitate the induction of new volunteers into scout groups."

Jonathan Freeman, national operations director of Mosaic, said: "Scouting is a well loved British institution that teaches young people valuable lessons and develops skills that will help them through later life.

"Mosaic's purpose is to provide inspiration and role models to young people - this is exactly what a scout leader is.

"It seems only natural therefore that we are urging more people to take up that role and inspire the thousands of children that are currently without a leader and unable to take part."

Mosaic was founded by Prince Charles.

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