Camp David

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Camp David
Naval Support Facility Thurmont
Catoctin Mountain Park
Frederick County, Maryland, U.S.
Camp David.jpg
Main Lodge at Camp David during the Nixon administration, February 9, 1971
Coordinates 39°38′54″N 77°27′54″W / 39.64833°N 77.46500°W / 39.64833; -77.46500Coordinates: 39°38′54″N 77°27′54″W / 39.64833°N 77.46500°W / 39.64833; -77.46500
Type Military base
Site information
Owner United States U.S. Federal Government
Controlled by  United States Navy
Open to
the public
Site history
Built 1935 (1935)
Built by Works Progress Administration
Events Camp David Accords
2000 Camp David Summit
38th G8 summit
Garrison information
Occupants President of the United States
First Lady of the United States
CampDavid is located in Maryland

Location of Camp David in Maryland

Camp David is the country retreat of the President of the United States. It is located in wooded hills of Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland, about 62 miles (100 km) north-northwest of Washington, D.C..[1][2][3] It is officially known as the Naval Support Facility Thurmont, because it is technically a military installation, and staffing is primarily provided by the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Originally known as Hi-Catoctin, Camp David was built as a camp for federal government agents and their families by the WPA. Construction started in 1935 and was completed in 1938.[4] In 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt converted it to a presidential retreat and renamed it "Shangri-La" (for the fictional Himalayan paradise in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton, which he had jokingly referenced as the source of the Doolittle Raid earlier that year). Camp David received its present name from Dwight D. Eisenhower, in honor of his father and grandson, both named David.[5]

The Catoctin Mountain Park does not indicate the location of Camp David on park maps due to privacy and security concerns, although it can be seen by searching Google Maps.[3]

Presidential use

Since it was built, every president except (thus far) Donald Trump has made use of the retreat.

Security issues

On July 2, 2011, an F-15 intercepted a small two-seat passenger plane flying near Camp David, when President Obama was in residence. The civilian aircraft, which was out of radio communication, was intercepted approximately 6 miles (10 km) from the presidential retreat. The F-15 escorted the aircraft out of the area, and it landed in nearby Hagerstown, Maryland, without incident. The civilian plane's occupants were flying between two Maryland towns and were released without charge.[22]

On July 10, 2011, an F-15 intercepted another small two-seat passenger plane flying near Camp David when President Barack Obama was again in residence; a total of three planes were intercepted over that July 9 weekend.[23]


See also


  1. ^ "Park Map Viewer." Catoctin Mountain Park. Retrieved on February 4, 2011.
  2. ^ "Thurmont town, Maryland." US Census Bureau. Retrieved on February 4, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Frequently Asked Questions." Catoctin Mountain Park, Retrieved on February 4, 2011. "10. Where is Camp David? The Presidential Retreat is within the park however, it is not open to the public and its location is not shown on our park maps for both security and privacy. If you're interested in historical information, visit our Presidential Retreat webpage."
  4. ^ "12 WPA Projects that Still Exist". How Stuff Works. Publications International, Ltd. Retrieved March 11, 2009. 
  5. ^ Eisenhower, David; Julie Nixon Eisenhower (2010). Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight David Eisenhower, 1961–1969. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 31. 
  6. ^ a b "Camp David". Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Dwight D. Eisenhower: Message Prepared for the Conference on Fitness of American Youth.". 
  8. ^ "272 - Address at the State Department's Foreign Policy Conference for Educators.". The American Presidency Project. June 19, 1967. 
  9. ^ W. Dale Nelson, The President is at Camp David (Syracuse University Press, 1995), pp. 69-94.
  10. ^ "Camp David: A History of the Presidential Retreat". July 18, 1942. Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  11. ^ File:Thatcher Reagan Camp David sofa 1984.jpg on the English Wikipedia
  12. ^ "Bush's Daughter Marries With 'a Minimum of Fuss'". The New York Times. June 28, 1992. 
  13. ^ Sanger, David (September 27, 2003). "With issues to resolve, Bush welcomes Putin to Camp David". The New York Times. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Camp David". 
  15. ^ "Brown to meet Bush at Camp David". BBC News Online. July 26, 2007. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Fogh på besøg hos Bush i Camp David" [Fogh Rasmussen visited Bush at Camp David]. Politiken (in Danish). June 9, 2006. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  17. ^ "White House moves G8 summit from Chicago to Camp David". CBS Chicago. CBS Chicago. March 5, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  18. ^ "US hopes Assad can be eased aut with Russia's aid". The New York Times. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Statement by the Press Secretary on the United States-GCC Summit". April 17, 2015. 
  20. ^ Mazzei, Patricia (2017-01-17). "Haughty Palm Beach learns to love Trump, once a scorned outsider". Miami Herald. 
  21. ^ Michael S. Rosenwald, Mar-a-Lago 3, Camp David 0. With Trump as president, is the rustic Md. retreat doomed?, Washington Post (February 20, 2017).
  22. ^ "NORAD intercepts aircraft near Camp David, where President Obama staying with family". The Washington Post. July 2, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  23. ^ Weil, Martin (July 10, 2011). "Jet fighters intercept planes 3 times over weekend near Camp David". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 

External links

  • Official website from White House page
  • Camp David from the Federation of American Scientists
  • Digital documents regarding Camp David, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
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