Watch as Eagle Scout Terry Fossum competes in new show ‘Kicking & Screaming’ on FOX

FOX’s new show, Kicking & Screaming, airing tonight at 8/9 Central, pairs survival experts with Average Joe-types to see how they fare when facing wild animals, hunger and extreme weather in the jungles of Fiji.

Except competitor Terry Fossum — a businessman, author and public speaker — isn’t your typical Average Joe. Fossum is an Eagle Scout and active Scouter in the Inland Northwest Council (Spokane, Wash.) with loads of wilderness survival experience.

“I taught the Wilderness Survival merit badge at summer camp as a youth, which has led me to adventures around the world,” he tells Scouting Wire. Fossum even competes on the show wearing his Scout uniform and prized Troop 400 neckerchief woggle.

How will Fossum’s experiences serve him as he competes with a survival-expert partner against nine other teams? Find out tonight in the first of the show’s eight episodes airing at 8/9 Central Thursdays on FOX. A note to parents: The show is rated TV-14.

It’s Not Just About Winning

For Fossum, appearing on the show is not about winning his half of the $500,000 prize. Instead, he tells Scouting Wire, it’s to show viewers across the U.S. that “they need to get their kids in Scouting. … There simply is no better program for youth in existence today.”

He adds: “… success isn’t about elevating yourself, it’s about elevating those around you. Scouting teaches you how to work with other people, even if those people are different than you. Simply put, we’re taught to welcome diversity and overcome adversity. Everybody stands to benefit from Scouting.”

Calling All Scouters

How did Fossum hear about auditioning for Kicking & Screaming in the first place? A casting company reached out to him after a fellow Scouter saw the casting call right here on Bryan on Scouting and answered it on Fossum’s behalf.

Learn More

Read more of Fossum’s Scouting Wire interview about his part on Kicking & Screaming. Plus, you can learn much more about Fossum’s work and his new book, Summer Camp to Survival Show (available for preorder), at

Photo courtesy of FOX Broadcasting Company.


  1. Terry is the survival expert, and he’s paired up with someone who’s not. He not just surviving on this show-he’s there to lead!

  2. Use that necker. Filter water, wipe brow, etc.
    “”“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” ” = Maya Angelou =

  3. I don’t watch much TV but I stayed up after the Thursday Troop meeting to check it out. I couldn’t even get past the opening teaser! Awful!

  4. Hey, everyone! Terry Fossum here! (the Scoutmaster on the show). I have to tell you: I was nervous going in. I mean, we believe our scout skills are pretty good, but are they, REALLY? I can tell you: Even I was surprised at how what we learn in Scouting compares in the survival world. That being said, our Leadership Skills are what’s really put to the test on a show like this. Wilderness Survival is easy. Helping a pampered partner who has never camped a night in the outdoors may not be… It’s like taking a new Scout, but adding several years and a WHOLE lot of attitude! I’ll do my best to represent you all as well as I can. Cheer me on Thursday nights at 9PM on Fox! Any questions, or for an online shout out to your troop, contact me at

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