Tulsan brings Girl Scouts to Muslim community
UmmFatima Amjad partnered with GSEOK to create the first Girl Scouts troop comprised of Muslim girls in the Tulsa area.
Mariam, Haniya, Noor, Yara, and other members of Girl Scouts Troop 2158, meet at Peace Academy, an Islamic private school.
UmmFatima Amjad had a mission. She wanted to bring the Girl Scouts experience that she loved growing up to Tulsa’s Muslim community. When her family moved here in 2017 from upstate New York, she partnered with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma to create the first Girl Scouts troop comprised of Muslim girls in the Tulsa area.
“I wanted to provide my girls with the opportunity to get to know girls around them from different cultures,” says Amjad, the troop leader. “I saw a void in the Muslim community, and I wanted to have something for the girls.”
Troop 2158 meets at Peace Academy, a private school committed to building a generation of Muslim Americans who excel in both school and representing Islam in the broader community.
The Daisies and Brownies, the younger Girl Scouts, meet after school, while Juniors and Cadets meet on weekends. The troop started in April 2017 and now has 44 girls participating. In addition to Amjad, eight other mothers are troop co-leaders and volunteers. “(UmmFatima’s) leadership and passion has been contagious,” says Sarah Henley, Girls Scouts membership development manager.
The troop’s first activity was cookie decorating, and since then, it has focused on a variety of activities to build the girls’ skills and confidence. The girls love anything outdoors, Amjad says, with a recent trip to a farm ranking as a favorite experience. But one Girl Scouts tradition trumps them all. “The girls are very excited to sell cookies,” Amjad says.
Troop 2158 joins a large community of girls focusing on confidence and character. The Girl Scouts welcomes girls of all religions, races and backgrounds, and over 500 troops meet in eastern Oklahoma in religious buildings, schools and public spaces.
“It’s been great bringing the Girl Scouts experience to a new group of girls,” Henley says.