Camp David
Naval Support Facility Thurmont
Catoctin Mountain Park
Frederick County, Maryland, U.S.
Seal of Camp David.png
Camp David seal
Camp David.jpg
Main Lodge at Camp David during
the presidency of Richard Nixon, February 9, 1971
Coordinates39°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
Camp David is located in Maryland
Camp David
Camp David
TypeMilitary base
Site information
OwnerUnited States U.S. Federal Government
Controlled by United States Navy
Open to
the public
Site history
Built1935 (1935)
Built byWorks Progress Administration
EventsCamp David Accords
2000 Camp David Summit
38th G8 summit
Garrison information
Cmdr. Jeremy Ramburg(CEC)
OccupantsPresident of the United States
First Lady of the United States

Camp David is the country retreat for the president of the United States. It is located in the wooded hills of Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland and Emmitsburg, 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, the staffing is primarily provided by the Seabees, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC), and the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. Naval construction battalions are tasked with base construction and send detachments as needed. Construction Battalions 5 and 133 have done this several times.

Originally known as Hi-Catoctin, Camp David was built as a camp for federal government agents and their families by the Works Progress Administration. Construction started in 1935 and was completed in 1938.[4] In 1942, President 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 through the use of publicly accessible satellite images.[3]

Presidential use

Security issues

Aviation chart showing restricted airspace in the Washington DC area. Camp David is the light circle to the north.

On July 2, 2011, an F-15 intercepted a small two-seat passenger plane flying near Camp David, when President Obama was in the 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.[26]

On July 10, 2011, an F-15 intercepted another small two-seat passenger plane flying near Camp David when Obama was again in the residence; a total of three planes were intercepted over that July 9 weekend.[27]


See also


  1. ^ "Park Map Viewer". Catoctin Mountain Park. Retrieved on February 4, 2011.
  2. ^ "Thurmont town, Maryland". United States 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. 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". Archived from the original on June 30, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009.
  7. ^ "Dwight D. Eisenhower: Message Prepared for the Conference on Fitness of American Youth".
  8. ^ "Khrushchev and the Spirit of Camp David". December 28, 2012.
  9. ^ "272 - Address at the State Department's Foreign Policy Conference for Educators". The American Presidency Project. June 19, 1967.
  10. ^ W. Dale Nelson, The President is at Camp David (Syracuse University Press, 1995), pp. 69-94.
  11. ^ "Camp David: A History of the Presidential Retreat". July 18, 1942. Retrieved June 29, 2009.
  12. ^,5150913&hl=en
  13. ^ "Trump makes first trip to Camp David as president". Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  14. ^ File:Thatcher Reagan Camp David sofa 1984.jpg on the English Wikipedia
  15. ^ "Bush's Daughter Marries With 'a Minimum of Fuss'". The New York Times. June 28, 1992.
  16. ^ E., CAMPBELL, DOUGLAS (2016). CONTINUITY OF GOVERNMENT : how the u.s. government functions after all hell breaks loose. [S.l.]: LULU COM. ISBN 9781365614422. OCLC 983641588.
  17. ^ Sanger, David (September 27, 2003). "With issues to resolve, Bush welcomes Putin to Camp David". The New York Times. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  18. ^ "Camp David".
  19. ^ "Brown to meet Bush at Camp David". BBC News Online. July 26, 2007. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  20. ^ "Fogh på besøg hos Bush i Camp David" [Fogh visiting Bush at Camp David]. Politiken (in Danish). June 9, 2006. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  21. ^ President Bush Welcomes President Musharraf to Camp David
  22. ^ "White House moves G8 summit from Chicago to Camp David". CBS Chicago. CBS Chicago. March 5, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  23. ^ "US hopes Assad can be eased aut with Russia's aid". The New York Times. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  24. ^ "Statement by the Press Secretary on the United States-GCC Summit". April 17, 2015.
  25. ^ Manchester, Julia (December 28, 2017). "Trump to host congressional leaders at Camp David". TheHill. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  26. ^ "NORAD intercepts aircraft near Camp David, where President Obama staying with family". The Washington Post. July 2, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  27. ^ 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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