Based solely on the limited information given, so far... this kid may possibly, or may not, be legitimately
entitled to complete the MB. I don't have all the facts. However...
LParker wrote:He sought a "blue card" in 2003 and obtained the SM signature only. He never requested a counselor in the troop.
Technically, when the SM initially signs a Blue Card for a Scout, he (she) is also supposed to provide the name and telephone number of an approved, qualified MBC. Other than that, when a Scout requests a Blue Card is completely irrelevant. In fact, this is what it's going to (or, at least, supposed to) boil down to... If the Scout can provide evidence to an approved MBC that he completed the requirements, as stated, while he was a registered Boy Scout, then he's entitled to it.
Now, with that being said, requirements 6, 7 and 8 of the Personal Fitness MB are quite restrictive, as far as timing is concerned...
Requirement 6 says, "Before doing requirements 7 and 8...."
Requirement 7 says, "Outline a comprehensive 12-week physical fitness program.... Before beginning your exercises, have the program approved by your counselor and parents."
Requirement 8 says, "Complete... log.... repeat.... record.... repeat again.... record again.... show.... compare and analyze.... discuss...."
If, and I mean if
, this kid did these requirements and discussed them with his coach (BSA or not, MBC or not) and his parents, as stated, and in the required order, then Mom or Dad could get approved as an MBC and sign him off. And, it would be "legal" and everybody would be satisfied. If he didn't, then it'll be a hard lesson.
While I'm at it though, this type of scenario should never
happen. We adults are (almost always) just as much to blame when a kid misses out on his Eagle because of a single technicality. He's not supposed to walk the trail to Eagle alone, not even the last leg. It's a team effort from start to finish... the Scout, his parents, the SM, and an "Eagle" mentor (e.g., a Troop Committee Member who is, himself, an Eagle). It's a never-ending process... I'm and old dawg and I still have a Scouting mentor.