National Outdoor Conference Highlights

Keynote Address by Assistant Chief Scout Executive/ Chief Financial Officer Jim Terry

Jim Terry serves as assistant Chief Scout Executive and chief financial officer of the Boy Scouts of America. He reports directly to the Chief Scout Executive and gives leadership and direction to the following groups and departments of the National Council: Outdoor Adventures Group; Supply Group; Controller Department; Treasury Department, which includes Risk Management; and the Health and Safety Team. Also, he is responsible for government and community relations and manages congressional relations as well. He chairs the Youth Protection Committee.

Jim began his Scouting career in 1969, serving as a district executive and Exploring executive in Charlotte, North Carolina. Over the next 18 years, he served as Scout executive in High Point, North Carolina; Columbus, Georgia; Richmond, Virginia; and Jacksonville, Florida. In 1994, he was named assistant regional director/operations in the Western Region, where he served until 1999, when he was named Scout executive in Kansas City, Missouri.

In April 2005, he joined the National Council as director of the Administration Group. Since March 2006, he has served as assistant Chief Scout Executive and chief financial officer.

Jim received a Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College in North Carolina. He is active in its alumni association and received the Distinguished Service Award from the college in 1994. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and Alpha Phi Omega, as well as earning letters in football and baseball.

Thomas H. Fitzgibbon, Western Region Director

Tom Fitzgibbon started his Scouting career at the age of 15 as a counselor in training at a Boy Scout summer camp north of Detroit, Michigan, where he worked for three summers.

After graduating from Hillsdale College in 1977 with a degree in public relations, Tom went to work for the Detroit Area Council as an associate district executive. While on the Detroit staff, he also served as Exploring executive, district executive, district executive multiple person, district director, Exploring director, director of Exploring, and director of marketing and program services.

In 1991, Tom was selected as the Scout executive in Davenport, Iowa, and in 1995, he was promoted to Scout executive in Rochester, New York.

In 1999, the council in Rochester was recognized by New York’s governor with the Governor’s Award of Excellence, bestowed for deploying outstanding business practices.

In January 2000, Tom was selected as the Scout executive in Denver, Colorado. During Tom’s tenure as Scout executive in Denver, the council earned the Quality Council Award every year and enjoyed a 19 percent balanced growth increase in membership, 20 percent increase in units, and a 59 percent increase in balance sheet assets.

Tom became the director of the Western Region on Oct. 1, 2004. As regional director, Tom provides leadership to the successful operation of the 59 councils in the Western Region. He is also responsible for maintaining standards, rules and regulations, and the bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America.

Tom is an Eagle Scout with a Gold Palm. He was awarded the Gold Hornaday Medal for Conservation by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He has directed several courses at the Philmont Training Center and was selected by the regional director to serve as chairman of the 2002 Western Region’s Leadership Training Conference.

Tom received a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Hillsdale College and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business Nonprofit Leadership Program. He is a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow and is a three-bead Wood Badger.

Tom and his wife, Mimi, live in Southlake, Texas, and have four children: Katey, Kim, Dan, and Christine.

James D. Rogers, CEO and Chairman, Kampgrounds of America Inc.

Jim Rogers’ career in the hospitality industry started nearly 40 years ago when, as a new graduate from the University of California-Berkeley, he joined Kampgrounds of America Inc. as a management trainee in 1972.

In 1974, Rogers pursued additional training in finance and accounting, earning an M.B.A. from UCLA in 1976. KOA sponsored his master’s thesis on corporate family vacation centers.

In 1978, Rogers went to work for Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. At Harrah’s, he served as senior financial analyst, the vice president of marketing in Atlantic City on the Harrah’s Donald Trump development team, and vice president of marketing for Northern Nevada. In 1994, he was named senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Reno.

He received Harrah’s Corporate Management Excellence Award in 1994.

Rogers took a few years away from Harrah’s to pursue entrepreneurial interests and became CEO of Curtis + Rogers Inc., a full-service advertising agency in Nevada, serving clients in the gaming, hospitality, medical, and education sectors.

Rogers returned to KOA in January 2000 to become the president and chief executive officer of the company, which with nearly 475 campgrounds is the largest network of franchised family campgrounds in the world.

Rogers now focuses on strategic partnerships and corporate growth as KOA’s chairman and chief executive officer. KOA was founded in Billings, Montana, in 1962; offers more than 55,000 recreational vehicle, tent, and Kamping Kabin sites in the United States and Canada; and hosts nearly 14 million guest nights each year.

Rogers and his three sons, Ben, Judd, and Tyler, have all achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. In fact, there are 10 Eagle Scouts in two generations of the Rogers family. Rogers served as president of the Western Region of the Boy Scouts of America from 2008 to 2010. Upon nomination by the Nevada Area Council, he received the Distinguished Eagle Award on Feb. 9, 2002. In 2010, Rogers was awarded the Western Region’s prestigious Silver Antelope Award.

Michael Brandwein

Camp and youth development expert Michael Brandwein (michaelbrandwein.com) will present a dynamic half-day session on tools and techniques you can use right away to increase the quality of the Scout experience and boost the appeal of our programs to new and returning families. Michael’s reputation is international: He’s presented in every one of the 50 U.S. states and on six of the seven continents. His position as the No. 1 bestselling author in the camp field continues with his new 2011 staff training book, Skill of the Day: What Great Leaders of Young People Do and Say.

Michael really knows Scouts. He is a former Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and den chief; his parents were Scout leaders; and he has served as the adult leader presenter at the National Order of the Arrow Conference. Michael wrote and presented three Emmy Award–winning television programs on communicating with young people. He is a frequent national keynote speaker for organizations that serve youth, including the American Camp Association and the National Recreation and Park Association. Michael has served on the national board of directors and executive committee of the American Camp Association and has received two national honors from ACA. Michael’s Juris Doctor degree is from the University of Chicago.

This exciting session, presented in Michael’s trademark “use it immediately,” creative, highly entertaining style, includes:

  • New, outstanding, nationally acclaimed staff training tools to make sure staff really learn excellent skills with increased attention, participation, and motivation
  • A curriculum of exactly what skills are essential to teach during your training
  • Easily implemented, step-by-step, “just add water” lesson plans and specific scripts that teach staff skills that are vital for program success
  • How to get staff to practice what they’re learning during the training so they are ready to use important youth leadership skills
  • Get returning and new staff up front doing parts of the training themselves, to maximize buy-in and dramatically increase staff attention and retention
  • “Curb appeal” and first impressions: Teaching staff to build positive relationships right away with young people and parents, and easy-to-add elements you can use at camp to showcase the power of our programs
  • Effectively communicating to parents the true value of what we are offering and why it should be an essential part of developing young people to be their best