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Gems Camp

Updates for Gems Camp 2020:

Monday, June 29, 2020

With the recent university announcement and taking into consideration the health and safety of all of our students and staff, Gemstone has made the difficult decision to not host our traditional Gems Camp at West River this upcoming August.

Gemstone staff are actively working with our student leaders to continue to plan ways to engage and transition our first-year students to campus, the University, and Gemstone. Stay tuned for more information coming soon! In the meantime, all of our first-year students were assigned a "Summer Connection," who is one of our current Gemstone students, to serve as a virtual point of connection throughout the summer. Students should have received an email sometime during the Week of June 15th -- we encourage all first-year students to ask their summer connection questions. They are fantastic resources!

For more information for first-year students and ways to continue to engage with Gemstone, please visit the Admitted Students page at If you have any questions regarding the Gems Camp decision or implications, please contact Jessica Lee, Coordinator for Student Engagement, at

What is 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!