Gemstone Honors Program
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Gems Camp

Gems Camp is the Gemstone Honors Program's two-night, off campus orientation program designed to help incoming Gemstone students transition to the University of Maryland and the Gemstone Honors Program prior to the first day of classes. Campers participate in fun team building activities and meet new students while learning valuable information about UMD and Gemstone. If living on campus, students have the added benefit of moving in early.

At Gems Camp, first-year students immediately develop a diverse social network of fellow classmates, upperclassmen, and Gemstone staff. You will start college with the pride and excitement of a True Terp along with an introduction of campus culture & traditions!

Gems Camp 2017: Adventure Awaits

Tuesday, August 22nd-Thursday, August 24th

Gems Camp 2017 Move In & Other Important Details

Our Gems Camp Planning Committee has been working hard for the past several months to plan the best Gems Camp experience yet! As you know, attending Gems Camp allows you to move into Ellicott Hall (or another on-campus residence hall) early; therefore, we wanted to provide you with some additional information for move-in day on TUESDAY, AUGUST 22nd:
Please note the following information related to Gems Camp Move In & Departure:

  • If you are living on campus you likely have already received the general move-in informational email from the Department of Resident Life, which lists the move-in date for incoming Honors College first-year students as Thursday, August 24th. Please note that the Department of Resident Life does not send out special information for Gems Camp, but you will be able to move in on Tuesday, August 22nd anytime between 9am-1pm!
    Additionally, you do NOT have to complete an "early arrival" request form.
  • If you are not living in Ellicott Hall or living off campus, be sure to arrive at the Ellicott Hall first floor lobby no later than 2:30pm to check-in for Gems Camp. We depart for camp sharply at 3:30pm, so please be prepared with your bags packed for Gems Camp. You should be able to enter Ellicott Hall by using your university ID card at the back entrance of the building (facing the Diner).
  • All students attending Gems Camp should report to the Gemstone Suite (Ellicott Hall basement level) at 3pm with camp bags packed and ready for departure!
  • After unloading your belongings in front your residence hall, you will need to park your car in Lot 2 on campus for free parking. You may download and print the move-in permit HERE in advance. We will also have copies available at Ellicott Hall on move-in day. Please refer to the campus visitor map for directions to Ellicott Hall (building #256), where the Gemstone Suite and Gems Camp Check-In is located.

For additional Gems Camp information and a packing list, please click HERE. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email or call 301-458-0784. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Check out the promo video for this year's Gems Camp to see all the fun we have in store for you!

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions document HERE or email We can't wait to see you in August!

Check out photos from Gems Camp 2016: To 2020 and Beyond on our Facebook page here.