He came to me and asked to start the MB. That is when I went to the other adult leaders and asked how to get it done. That is when the can of worms was opened and I became an object of disdain.
Here lies two problems:
1. You should have your son now ask the advancement person and SM in your troop how he can get this done instead of you asking.
2. Remember that the other adults may or may not know you and have seen new eager adults before asking for their son and it's turned out that it is the parent that wants this done, not the scout.
I'm not saying this is your sitiuation but because of previous experience your adult leadership may have been suspect to this. I would suggest several things - Have your son speak up in front of the entire troop to state that he would like to work on the Hiking badge and ask if anyone else is interested, they could speak to him about starting the badge together. Someone may just speak up and if a few kids seem interested, you maybe suprised. OR, call another MBC, OR see if any other adult is intested in going with you both OR have him visit/call another troop to see if he can recruit other scouts from another troop. Of course, do this after signing up as a MBC for this badge so all you need is another youth and adult.