Naval Support Facility Thurmont/Camp David
Country retreat for the President of the United States
Catoctin Mountain Park, 10, Hauvers, MD 21788
Located 70 miles from the White House in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland, NSF Thurmont also known as Camp David was established in 1942 as a place for the President to relax and entertain. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wanted to escape the summer heat of Washington, D.C., and the higher altitude of the Camp provided cool breezes and good security. President Roosevelt called the Camp “Shangri-La” after the mountain kingdom in James Hilton’s book Lost Horizon. It was renamed Camp David in 1953 by President Eisenhower in honor of his grandson.
The Camp is operated by Navy personnel, and troops from the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., provide permanent security. Marine One carries the President during the half-hour helicopter ride from our Nation’s capital. Guests at Camp David can enjoy a pool, putting green, driving range, tennis courts, gymnasium, and the many guest cabins — Dogwood, Maple, Holly, Birch, and Rosebud, to name a few. The presidential cabin is called Aspen Lodge.
Camp David has been the site of many historic international meetings. It was there, during World War II, that President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill planned the Allies’ invasion of Europe. Many historical events have occurred at the Presidential Retreat; the planning of the Normandy invasion, Eisenhower-Khrushchev meetings, discussions of the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam War discussions, and many other meetings with foreign dignitaries and guests. President Jimmy Carter chose the site for the meeting of Middle East leaders that led to the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt was accustomed to seeking relief from hot Washington, D.C. summers and relaxing on weekends, aboard the presidential yacht “Potomac” or at Hyde Park, NY. In 1942 the U.S. Secret Service were very concerned about the President’s continued use of the “Potomac.” World War II had brought an attack on Pearl Harbor and German U boats close in Atlantic waters. Presidential safety was a concern and Presidential health was also a concern. The muggy climate of Washington, D.C., was considered detrimental to his health, affecting his sinuses. A new retreat, a place to relax, within a 100 mile radius of Washington, D.C. and in the cool mountain air was sought. Several sites were considered but Camp Hi-Catoctin in the Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area was selected after the President’s first visit on April 22, 1942. A camp was already built on the site and the estimated conversion cost was $18,650. It was also almost 10 degrees cooler than Washington. The camp for federal employee’s families became the camp of one federal employee, the President of the United States. Roosevelt quickly renamed the camp to “Shangri-La” from James Hilton’s 1933 novel, Lost Horizon.
There are 4,400 midshipmen on base.
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FOR THE CHILDREN
Every child between the ages of 5 and 17 must attend school. All children who will be 5 years old by September 1 of any given year must attend school in either a licensed private or public school Kindergarten that year.
In 2010, Maryland along with the majority of other states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org
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FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
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If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Maryland Department of Human Resources 240-777-5000
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Frederick County Children Services 301-600-4555
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Frederick County Animal Services 301-600-1546
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Frederick County Dept of Public Health 301-600-1029
Highway Patrol 301-600-4151
Base Operator 301-271-1400
In Thurmont, the summers are warm and humid, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 25°F to 88°F and is rarely below 12°F or above 96°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Thurmont for warm-weather activities are from early June to early July and from late July to late September.
Compared to the state average of Maryland the cost of living index in Thurmont, MD is 112, which is 7% lower than the average in Maryland and compared to the national average it is 12% higher than.
If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Thurmont, MD goods and services come in at 3% higher than the average in Maryland and are 13% higher than compared to the nationwide average.
Thurmont is a town in Frederick County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,170 at the 2010 census. The town is located in the northern part of Frederick County (north of Frederick, Maryland, the county seat), approximately ten miles from the Pennsylvania border, along U.S. Highway 15. It is very close to Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain Park, which contains the presidential retreat of Camp David. Thurmont is also home to Catoctin Colorfest, an arts and crafts festival that draws in about 125,000 people each autumn.
Located in the Catoctin Mountains, Cunningham Falls State Park is well-known for its history, scenic beauty and various recreational facilities including campsites, hiking trails, picnic areas and fishing piers. Maryland’s First Winery-Distillery-Brewery! Conveniently located along Rt.15, Come for a taste – Stay to Enjoy! Springfield Manor features a convenient and prominent historic setting. Ambiance & tranquility grace the 130 private estate.
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