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Camp David
Naval Support Facility Thurmont
Catoctin Mountain Park
Frederick County, Maryland in the United States
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The main lodge during February 1971
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Camp David is located in the United States
Camp David
Camp David
Location in the United States
Coordinates 39°38′54″N 77°27′54″W / 39.64833°N 77.46500°W / 39.64833; -77.46500
Type Presidential country retreat
Site information
Owner Department of Defense
Operator US Navy
Controlled by Naval District Washington
Open to
the public
Site history
Built 1935 (1935) – 1938
Built by Works Progress Administration
In use 1938 – present
Events Camp David Accords (1978)
Camp David Summit (2000)
38th G8 summit (2012)
Garrison information
Commander Catherine Eyrich
Occupants President of the United States and the First Family

Camp David is the country retreat for the president of the United States of America. It is located in the wooded hills of Catoctin Mountain Park, in Frederick County, Maryland, near the towns of Thurmont and Emmitsburg, about 62 miles (100 km) north-northwest of the national capital city of Washington, D.C. 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), the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. Naval construction battalions are tasked with base construction and send detachments as needed.

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. 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.

Camp David received its present name in 1953 from Dwight D. Eisenhower, in honor of his father, and grandson, both named David.

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.

Presidential use

Since it was built, every president up to and including Barack Obama has made use of the retreat.


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