Born in the poorest city in the United States surrounded by gangs and drugs, Terry found himself staring down the wrong end of an assault rifle in his own back alley in Junior High. In high school, his father was killed. Before he died, one of the neighbors told him “I just want to make sure you understand something: “Not a single one of your kids will ever grow up to be anything.”
But Terry and his brothers had Scouting, and Scouting changed their life.
This 30-45 minute keynote, modeled after his latest book sold by national BSA, tells that gripping story of how Scouting took Terry from that background to a highly respected Air Force Officer, multimillion dollar earner in business, author, speaker, philanthropist and winner of Kicking and Screaming, Season 1 on Fox, and his brother to being an US Astronaut.
Specifically crafted to inspire volunteers and professionals to enhance giving of time, talent and treasures, council after council are reporting rave reviews, and raises in gifting over previous years.
FEEDBACK to SCOUT EXECUTIVE, Tim McCandless, from the COUNCIL BOARD in Providence, RI:
Good morning Tiffany and Tim
…I just want to thank you for a job well done. The guest speaker, Terry Fossum, was ‘Wicked Great”. I spoke to a number of Scouters that have been too many events in Scouting where there has been guest speakers and by far Terry was the best they have ever seen and heard. I also felt he was the best that I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.
Stephen Hinger, President, Drum Rock Products
“Our American Values Luncheon saw an attendance increase of over 20% thanks to our partnership with Terry Fossum. His message is excellent for any Scouting groups. He is energetic, easy to work with, and truly cares about growing the program of Scouting! Highly recommended!”
Greg Leitch, Council Executive, Palmetto Council
Stuart and Mark,
As you know, I’ve questioned at times the need/value of a speaker. Let me be the first to say a big WOW about Terry. All other speakers have been excellent, yet, he was fantastic and I think made our jobs last night a bit easier. Please pass along my sincere appreciation to staff for their efforts.
Harry S. Smith, Market President, United Bank, Winchester, VA
Working with Terry Fossum was a delight. Terry has a true Scouting story the hits home with volunteers, donors, and corporate executives. His story is entertaining and
captures everyone’s attention while making it clear how important Scouting is and the relevance of our program for today’s youth. His speech was int
eractive with audience participation, multiple applauses and ending standing ovation. The evening resulted in a 15% increase in donations over previous years. Thank you and would gladly use him again and encourage other councils to use his energy and story to expand Scouting.
Stuart A. Williams | Scout Executive/CEO
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Shenandoah Area Council, Inc