Jim was born in Lucky Lake in 1941. Hockey and golf were his first loves. He played hockey for the U of S Huskies, and junior and senior with the Quakers. Jim excelled on the gold course and his shot making was noticed while a member of the U of S team. He won the Western Intercollegiate title in 1962-63 and 1964-65. He won the Saskatchewan junior crown in 1960, and was on the provincial junior team in 1959 and 1960.
From 1961 to 1970, Scissons was a member of Saskatchewan's Willingdon Cup team. In 1964, along with Keith Rever, Ernie Greenley and Ed Ross, Saskatchewan won the Willingdon Cup. That team was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. Jim was the Saskatoon city champion six times and captured the Central Saskatchewan Crown seven times.
He was selected to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. In June that same year, he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.