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Camp Matador

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. Read more about Camp Matador below, and register by selecting the icon.

We will be accepting applications for counselors and facilitators for Camp Matador 2015 in late January. The deadline for applications will be the end of February/early March. If you have any questions feel free to email us at

Click to go to Camp Matador registration page.

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!

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.

Camp Matador attendees are led by CSUN students, who act as camp counselors and facilitate activities. Camp Matador counselors offer valuable insight and experience related to college life at CSUN.

Optional activities during camp include board games, bean bag toss, movies, pool and socializing with upperclassmen as well as other freshmen.

Campers meet at the CSUN turf field outside the Student Recreation Center before heading to the off-site camp.

Camp Dates and Eligibility

Camp Matador is open to freshmen who are enrolled in the fall semester at CSUN.

Camp Matador is held at an off-site location. Please contact Tim Szczepanski at if you require accommodations.

Camp Fees and Registration

Camp Counselors smiling for the camera.

The Camp Matador fee is $125 and must be paid with a credit card at the time of registration. The fee covers six meals, lodging, transportation, programming, and a camp t-shirt, bandana and water bottle.

Click to go to Camp Matador registration page.

To register, select the button above, and create a new account. 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 Outdoor Adventures link on the left.
  • Add Camp Matador to your cart, choose your t-shirt size and add your contact information.
  • Continue to checkout.
  • Pay for Camp Matador through PayPal by using a credit card.

Campers should not bring more than $20 for anything they might want before, during or after camp.  Campers will be meeting at the CSUN Student Recreation Center turf field.

Campers meet at the CSUN turf field outside the Student Recreation Center .

Required Forms

Print the following forms, fill them out and bring them with you to camp.

Ponderosa Pines Medical & Liability Release

Camp Facilities

Camp Matador will take place at Ponderosa Pines in the San Bernardino Mountains‎. The camp cabins sleep 12 people on bunk beds and are equipped with bathrooms. Bath facilities consist of two showers, two sinks and a separate toilet room. Meals will be served in the dining hall.

There is a recreation court, swimming pool, sand volleyball pit and a large recreational field for team competitions.

Campers will be transported from CSUN to Ponderosa Pines by bus.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Camp Matador?
Camp Matador is a three-day, two-night program for incoming freshmen at California State University, Northridge.

Who can attend Camp Matador?
Camp Matador is open to freshmen who have attended New Student Orientation and are enrolled in the fall semester at CSUN.

What activities can I expect during camp?
There will be a variety of activities, such as hikes, camp fire sessions, zip-lining and pool access.

Are there other CSUN programs that conflict with the Camp Matador schedule?
Please check directly with other organizations to confirm any scheduling conflicts.

Where is Camp Matador?
Students will check in at CSUN on the turf field behind 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 for drinks from vending machines.

How do I register?
You can register online or in person during New Student Orientation.

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. You must 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 31. No refunds will be issued thereafter.

How do I notify you about my special needs, dietary restrictions, etc.?
Please contact Tim Szczepanski 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

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.

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. Campers will be spending the majority of the time outside.

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

Optional: The evening social will have a barn dance theme. We would love for you to dress the part with us!

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.

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.

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

Camp Staff

As a Camp 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 into the Matador culture. They are to create and provide a support system, 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.

What does it mean to be a Camp Facilitator? The Camp Facilitators will serve as the staff for Camp Matador. Facilitators will work closely with the Camp Directors and the Lead Facilitators, 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. Sound good? Apply below!

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