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    • Yes, this is the same Mt. Washington and it is one of the more fascinating and extreme places on earth, in a weather sense, despite being in the relatively tame Northeastern USA. There is an interesting book about the Presidential range and that particular mountain and the microclimates and changeable weather that can occur. It has claimed more than 100 lives over the years. The book is called Not Without Peril and it's good if you are interested in mountaineering topics and mountains. Things have greatly improved as far as support but it's still a dangerous place to hike.  A couple of people have died just this year. It's not someplace I'd take scouts, but to each their own. 
    • BSA rules set the tone without addressing all twists and turns.  A wise scouter once said you can't write concisely and still handle every possible nuanced twist.  Leaders do need to interpret.  It would be automatic if it was less than six nights, explicitly in the published rule.  What about "resident"?  Setup / tear down each night is not a resident camp.  So not long term?  Further, your own camping site is usually not considered a "resident camp".  Resident camps are BSA run fixed location with fixed infrastructure sites.  State parks, river edge camps, etc are have never generally been called "resident camps". Situations like this require a good leader to use wise, compassionate judgement.   And yes, we might reach different conclusions for different reasons.  It's up to the leader and the scout to work together to make a positive result.  
    • Seems that the word "consecutive" would disqualify counting the canoe trip as non-long term camping.  Unless they spent a night in a hard structure then you might be able to count three days on either side.
    • This Mt. Washington is in New Hampshire White Mountains and it does have a weather observatory at top. https://www.mountwashington.org/ As I understand, a weather observatory (maybe not current structure) was in place when staff measured the world record 231 mph wind in 1934, https://www.mountwashington.org/about-us/history/world-record-wind.aspx  
    • My troop hiked up Mount Washington when I was a young scout. I wonder if this is the same one. There was a weather station on top that could handle 100 mph winds.
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