OK SM's and OA advisors, give me your thoughts.
Would you count one of the "spend the night on the aircraft carrier" or "spend the night in the museum" type of activities as a camping night for OA eligibility? I'm leaning towards no, but checking to see what others may have done.
OA Chapter Adviser here - the bottom line is: it is the Scoutmaster's decision to make. The OA qualifications do not mention specifics, and we aren't going to make up qualifications as we go. Some will only count camping nights done in tents, other's will count nights done in "camping structures" like, cabins. I don't know anyone who would count a hotel room stay, but who knows.
My son's scoutmaster asked me a similar question, and here is a paraphrase of his decision, basically, if there is a furnace, air conditioning, or indoor plumbing, it doesn't count, otherwise, it does. I think this came up with because of a camp out where the scouts stayed in tree houses, not the fancy things you see on TV, more like a covered deck with some plywood walls and windows.
I can go back further, when my troop as a youth spent a week sailing each patrol had its on yacht, and we counted that as camping. Those boats were definitely more comfortable than the tree houses mentioned above.
If I were a scoutmaster, I would probably apply the same standard as my son's unless further clarification to national policy is made. Basically, use some common sense.