Camp David

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For the negotiations leading to the 1979 Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty, see Camp David Accords. For the summit in 2000, see 2000 Camp David Summit.

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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
Type Military base
Site information
Owner US Government
Controlled by US 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 about 62 miles (100 km) north-northwest of Washington, D.C., in Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland.[1][2][3] It is officially known as Naval Support Facility Thurmont and because it is technically a military installation, staffing is primarily provided by the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.

First 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). Camp David received its present name from Dwight D. Eisenhower, in honor of his father and grandson, both named David.[5]

Camp David is not open to the public, and Catoctin Mountain Park does not indicate the location of Camp David on park maps due to privacy and security concerns.[3]

Presidential use

Every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has made use of Camp David.

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.[17]

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.[18]


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. 3.0 3.1 "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. 6.0 6.1 "Camp David". Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  7. The American Presidency Project. Note (appended to a prepared Presidential message) wherein the nature and duration of the President's incapacity and recovery.
  8. "Camp David: A History of the Presidential Retreat". July 18, 1942. Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  9. File:Thatcher Reagan Camp David sofa 1984.jpg on the English Wikipedia
  10. Sanger, David (September 27, 2003). "With issues to resolve, Bush welcomes Putin to Camp David". The New York Times. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  11. / "Camp David" Check |url= value (help). 
  12. "Brown to meet Bush at Camp David". BBC News Online. July 26, 2007. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  13. "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. 
  14. "White House moves G8 summit from Chicago to Camp David". CBS Chicago. CBS Chicago. March 5, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  15. "US hopes Assad can be eased aut with Russia's aid". The New York Times. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  17. "NORAD intercepts aircraft near Camp David, where President Obama staying with family". The Washington Post. July 2, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  18. Weil, Martin (July 10, 2011). "Jet fighters intercept planes 3 times over weekend near Camp David". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 

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