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Gems Camp

Gems Camp is the University of Maryland Gemstone Program's extended orientation program designed to aid incoming students in their transition from high school to college and into the ranks of the Gemstone living-learning program.

By moving in before the rest of campus, students who attend Gems Camp get to adjust to the dynamics of college with 150 of their soon-to-be-life-long best friends before the campus is populated with over 37,000 students. Camp leaders are sophomore, junior, and senior Gemstone students who will be peer mentors and facilitators in the adjusting process as well as a friend to each camper during and long after camp ends.

At Gems Camp, freshmen 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 2016 Registration is Open!

August 23, 2016 - August 25, 2016

Gems Camp 2016 will be from Tuesday, August 23rd - Thursday, August 25th, 2016 . Students attending Gems Camp with on campus housing will be able to move-in on Tuesday, August 23rd from 9am-1pm.

The registration fee for camp is $180. These fees offset the costs of all meals, transportation, and accommodations during camp.

There are several $90 scholarships available to students who demonstrate strong financial need. A copy of your financial aid package from the University of Maryland and this Gems Camp registration form must be emailed to by July 1st for consideration.

Please complete the following registration form on All registration materials, including payment, are due by Monday, August 1st, 2016.

If you have any questions regarding Gems Camp, please visit our website or contact We can't wait to see you in August!

Camp Leaders

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