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Camp Matador

Are you interested in spending a 3 day weekend with a bunch of other incoming freshmen? How about going to Big Bear to go zip-lining, hiking, and make s’mores? If this sounds like a good way to spend a couple of days then you are in the right place! Check out a video from last year’s Camp Matador and read more about this experience of a lifetime down below.

Registration for Camp Matador 2015 will be open on May 1st so save the date!


When my Purple Team was no longer a team, but a Family. <3

Counselor 2014

Meeting the people I will spend the next 4 years with and bonding through trust games!

Freshmen 2014

The Camp Matador Experience

Students completing an obstacle at Camp Matador.Camp Matador is a place where students have fun, problem solve and create lasting friendships that they can carry throughout their college career. It’s a great opportunity to make new Matador friends!

Camp Matador is a three-day, two-night experience that gives students the opportunity to have fun, make friends and jump start college life at CSUN. While at camp, students will receive important advice and information on how to be a successful Matador, both on and off-campus, from current and prosperous CSUN students living the Matador life. Participants will be busy participating in activities throughout the entire weekend, while also receiving free time to enjoy the camp and fresh air. After attending, every student will have a better idea of what being a Matador entails as well as an understanding of the family that exists here in Northridge.

Camp Matador is a place where students have fun, problem solve and create lasting friendships that they can carry with them throughout their college career. During the three days, students spend time getting to know classmates, counselors and staff while participating in activities that highlight life at college. This program is run by students that will be able to share their personal experiences as they guide the participants through the weekend and pass down the culture that exists at CSUN.

We offer dozens of optional activities over the duration of camp such as slack lining, a water slide, swimming, volleyball, life-size board games, and socializing with upperclassmen as well as other freshmen. Download the complete camp schedule for more details.

Attendees will meet at 9:00AM on Friday August 14th, 2015 at the CSUN Student Recreation Center and return back to campus on Sunday at approximately 2:00PM. Students will unload from the busses at the corner of Lindley and Vincennes near the Matador Statue on Matador Walk.

Camp Matador is held at Ponderosa Pines, a camp in Arrowhead, CA. Students will be staying in cabins with 11 other students of the same gender for the duration of the camp. Each cabin has bathrooms and showers so they don’t have to worry about roughing it. For more information regarding Camp Matador check out our FAQ’s tab or e-mail us at

* Campers should not bring more than $20 for anything they might want before, during or after camp. For more questions on what to bring please see our packing list/FAQ pages.


When my Purple Team was no longer a team, but a Family. <3

Counselor 2014

Meeting the people I will spend the next 4 years with and bonding through trust games!

Freshmen 2014

Meeting the most awesome group of people! I hated heights, but now I guess they’re ok. #limeordie

Freshmen 2014

The best experience @ Camp Matador was the trust walk and the social. The Social was too fun especially for my first social. My team rocks RAGING SUNS! (Red Team)

Freshmen 2013

My favorite experience at camp was meeting all these new people and feeling like I have friends to help me through college.

Freshmen 2013

What made Camp Matador great was my team! The entire yellow group became best friends! J BRICK SQUAD

Freshmen 2013

Camp Dates and Eligibility

Camp Matador will take place August 14th - 16th of 2015. This program is open to all of CSUN’s incoming freshmen attending Cal State Northridge in the Fall of 2015. *Space is limited.*

For any questions or for additional information please contact us at

Camp Fees and Registration

Camp Counselors smiling for the camera.

The Camp Matador fee is $140 and must be paid with a credit card at the time of registration. What does this fee include? Besides 6 meals, transportation to and from camp, and lodging; this fee covers the water balloon costs, the Camp Matador T-shirts, the team bandanas, and a Cal State Northridge water bottle. For information about scholarships please see the scholarship tab.

Click to go to Camp Matador registration page.

To register, select the button above, and create a new account with the SRC (Student Recreation Center.) An email will be sent to confirm your registration; the email may end up in your spam or junk folder, so please review your inbox thoroughly.

Then, once registered, follow the steps below.

  • Select the Courses link at the top of the page.
  • Select the Camp Matador link on the left.
  • Add Camp Matador to your cart, and then fill out the page including your t-shirt size and your contact information.
  • Continue to checkout.
  • Pay for Camp Matador through PayPal by using a credit card.
  • Then once you have paid visit the Required Forms tab and follow the directions on the screen.

Required Forms

Please print, fill out, and bring these three forms with you to Camp Matador. It is very important for each student to bring these forms completed when they arrive to campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Camp Matador?
Camp Matador is a place where students have fun, problem solve and create lasting friendships that they can carry throughout their college career. It’s a great opportunity to make new Matador friends while having a great time.

During the three days, students spend time getting to know classmates, counselors and staff while participating in activities that highlight life at college as well as opportunities and services available on campus.

Who can attend Camp Matador?
Camp Matador is only open to freshmen who are enrolled in the Fall of 2015 at CSUN.

What activities can I expect during camp?
There will be a variety of activities including zip lining, swimming, water balloon toss, ping pong, and much more!

Are there other CSUN programs that conflict with the Camp Matador schedule?
Please check directly with other organizations to confirm any scheduling conflicts, such as NSO and any other orientations.

Where is Camp Matador?
Students will check in at CSUN inside the Student Recreation Center. Students will then be taken by bus to Ponderosa Pines Camp in Arrowhead, which is approximately two hours from the CSUN campus.

How much does Camp Matador cost?
The cost of camp is $125. Payment is collected as part of the online registration process. The cost of camp includes lodging, chartered bus transportation between CSUN and Ponderosa Pines Camp, programming, meals and a camp T-shirt. The only extra money you may need to use would be for drinks from vending machines.

How do I register?
You can register online! If you have any questions feel free to e-mail us at anytime.

Does registration fill up?
Yes! We have limited space for Camp Matador, so register as soon as possible. If camp openings fill up, your name will be added to the waiting list.

If I am registered, is my spot guaranteed?
If you have registered and paid for camp, you are guaranteed a spot. If you are attending make sure not to forget to bring all required paperwork to the first day of camp.

What is the required paperwork for the camp?
The required paperwork for camp includes the Camp Matador Permission to Treat, Camp Matador Acknowledgement of Risks and Release Form and the Ponderosa Pines Medical & Liability Release.

I’m not 18. Can I sign my own forms?
If you are not 18 by the time camp begins, you will need a legal guardian to sign your forms.

When is the last day I can get a refund for camp?
If you cannot attend Camp Matador, the last day for a full refund is July 14th 2015. No refunds will be issued there after.

How do I notify you about my special needs, dietary restrictions, etc.?
Please contact the Camp Director at to discuss special accommodations.

What if I’m having trouble with online registration?
If you are having any problems with registering online, please contact us at (818) 677-4453 or email .

What if I don’t remember my SRC username?
If you created an account with the Student Recreation Center and are having trouble logging on and/or you forgot your username please contact the IT department at CSUN at

Where do I park?
Transportation will be leaving from student parking lot G3 located at the east end of campus off of Prairie Street and Zelzah Avenue. You must have a CSUN parking pass if you plan to leave your vehicle on campus during the scheduled camp days. Additional free parking is located on surface streets near campus. *CSUN/Associated Students is not responsible for any parking fines or vehicle damage that may occur while you’re at camp.*

Where do I get dropped off?
The best place to be dropped off would be the G3 parking lot, and then walk to the Student Recreation Center for registration. If you have any issues during the morning please contact us by calling (818) 677-4453.

What if I’ve never been camping and I’m not an outdoors person?
All campers will be sleeping in a cabin on bunk beds. There will be restrooms inside the cabins, which include showers. Camp Attendees will spend most of the time outside, but all meals will take place inside of a mess hall.

What do I need to bring to camp?
Bring the following to camp.

  • Sleeping bag, pillow or some sort of bedding
  • Towel(s) for showering
  • Comfortable and modest clothes for recreation and activities. Shorts and T-shirts are appropriate for all activities and you may want more than one set per day.
  • Toiletries
  • Closed-toe shoes for recreational and optional activities
  • Protection from the sun, such as a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Swimwear
  • New Student Orientation backpack/some sort of backpack for the weekend
  • Cowboy/Cowgirl clothing for our barn dance social

What should I not bring to camp?
Do not bring the following to camp:

  • Valuable items that may easily be misplaced, such as jewelry, credit cards or more than $20 cash.
  • Drugs, alcohol or weapons of any kind, including pocket knives, are not prohibited.
  • Pets. We love your pets and ours as well but unfortunately we can’t bring them to camp

This is a sanctioned CSUN event and any violations will be handled in cooperation with the university police or university disciplinary council (see the New Student Handbook). Students who violate these policies will be asked to leave camp without a refund.

Will I have cell phone service at camp?
There may be service with certain carriers at the camp, but cell phones will not be permitted during activities. If you need to reach a student while he or she is at camp, you may call Ponderosa Pines Camp at (909) 867-7037 and leave a message, which will be delivered at the next meal.

Do people really dress up for the social events?
Of course we do! You do not need to have an expensive costume to participate. We encourage outside-the-box thinking, as long as it is appropriate. Flannels and jeans work great!

Who do I contact for more information?
For more information, you can call the Camp Director at (818) 677-4453 or email

Camp Staff

Interested in volunteering for Camp Matador? These are the two positions that are available for students.


As a Camp Matador Counselor you will spend Camp Matador working directly with the new Matadors. Pairs of Counselors will bunk up with the groups of incoming freshmen and guide them through the weekend and into the Matador culture. Their primary duties include creating and providing a support system and to help facilitate the transition from high school into college. Counselors will answer questions and serve as a role model for all of Camp Matador attendees.


Camp Matador Facilitators will serve as the staff for Camp Matador. Facilitators will work closely with the Camp Directors and the Camp Coordinators, to generate the best possible experience for Camp Matador attendees. The two primary duties of the facilitators will consist of running activities and completing the behind the scenes operations and logistics. Sounds like fun huh?

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