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Camp David, Maryland

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.

Coordinates: 39°38′54″N 77°27′54″W / 39.64833°N 77.46500°W / 39.64833; -77.46500

Camp David
(Naval Support Facility Thurmont)
Catoctin Mountain Park
Frederick County, Maryland, U.S.
Nixon administration, February 9, 1971
Type Military base
Built 1935 (1935)
Built by Works Progress Administration
US Government
Open to
the public
Controlled by US Navy and The Central Intelligence Agency
Occupants President of the United States
First lady of the United States
Events Camp David Accords
2000 Camp David Summit
38th G8 summit

Location of Camp David

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 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 originally built as a camp for federal government agents and their families, by the WPA, starting in 1935, opening in 1938.[4] In 1942, it was converted to a presidential retreat by Franklin D. Roosevelt and renamed "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 general public. Catoctin Mountain Park does not indicate the location of Camp David on its official park maps due to privacy and security concerns.[3]

Presidential use

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

Security issues

On July 2, 2011, an F-15E 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 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the presidential retreat. The F-15E 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.[16]

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; the total number of interceptions over this July 9 weekend, was three planes.[17]


See also


External links

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

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