Hold on with the caps lock there Nuts4Scouts, no need to shout
Yes I'm the merit badge counsellor.
Yes he wrote a fitness program and it appeared to be adequate, if it was followed.
Yes we met every 2 weeks to retest.
The results over the 12 weeks were generally heading in the right direction, not dramatic improvements but each exercise showed some improvement a couple of times over the course. This was pretty typical for the majority of the group (we had 8 Scouts doing the merit badge at the same time): a couple of Scouts had all results improve consistently over the 6 follow up sessions but the majority had results which were occasionally better in some exercises but, by the end, were improved in most, if not all exercises.
The final test for this particular Scout was somewhat of an anomaly in that all but one of the test results got worse. Continuing the course wasn't possible logistically, and in any case the merit badge doesn't suggest that the Scout should just continue the course until they get the result they need.
Given the responses I've had so far I'll ask him to repeat the 12 week program, we have another one coming up soon. It won't do him any harm and I'm sure the learning will be well taken.
Thanks for the input all.