In 1951 Terry, at the age of nine, joined Cub Scouting and earned the Arrow of Light. During his years in Boy Scouting he traveled to Philmont and served on the Order of the Arrow Service Corps at the 1960 National Jamboree. He earned the God and Country Award and in 1956 the Eagle Scout Award.
As an adult he has been accorded the God and Service award, District Award of Merit, and the Silver Beaver. He is a Vigil Honor member in the Order of the Arrow, a recipient of the Order’s Founders Award and recently was accorded the OA Centurion Award. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award given by the National Eagle Scout Association.
In 2001 he received the first Scouting Memorabilia Distinguished Service Award from the International Scout Collectors Association (ISCA) for his work.
His interest in the collection and displaying Boy Scout memorabilia began in 1981 while serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster for the Thomas A. Edison Council’s National Jamboree contingent. This initial interest was transformed into a love for the research of Eagle Scout materials from which he wrote his first book "100 Years of the Eagle Scout Award".
He has had several articles published in collector magazines. His Eagle Scout Award display is recognized as a one of a kind and most complete collection anywhere in the world. It was on view at the Boy Scout National Museum in Irving, Texas from January to May 2003, during 2012 as the 100th year of the Eagle Scout Award was celebrated and at the 2005 and 2010 National Jamborees, plus it has been a regular feature at NOAC events since 1990.
Terry’s second book is entitled The Kekeenowin of the Wimachtendienk 1915–1948. It is the most comprehensive book for all written materials of the Order of the Arrow from 1915 to 1948 – all the ceremonies, pamphlets, cards, and sashes.
His third book catalogues all the Eagle Scout Rank cards from 1912 to present. A vast history is available through the study of these cards.
Terry is a graduate of Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA. and Bethany Theological Seminary, Oakbrook, IL., where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree and later a Doctor of Ministry degree. He is married and has two grown children and two grandchildren. His son Scott is also an Eagle Scout. Terry is currently the minister of the New Covenant Church of the Brethren in Gotha, Florida and the District Executive of the Atlantic Southeast District Church of the Brethren covering the state of Florida.