• group of people holding a person as that person is reaching for something on the ground.
  • group of people participating in an activity
  • students having a water fight
  • a bucket of water is being dumped on someones head during a water fight
  • group of people celebrating

Camp Matador

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Camp Matador 2016's Red Team

Getting to be a part of the Camp Matador Family is my favorite memory of all

Freshmen 2016
Camp Matador 2016's Red Team

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

Freshmen 2013


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

Counselor 2014

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

Freshmen 2014

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

Freshmen 2013

Meeting the new generation of students representing CSUN because every single soul has the potential to thrive and succeed

Counselor 2016

Meeting new friends not as teams but as Matadors <3

Freshmen 2016

My favorite memory was doing the web activity because it made me realize anything is possible

Freshmen 2016

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 four 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 2019 semester at CSUN.

How many people will attend Camp Matador?
There will be up to 120 incoming freshmen attending Camp Matador. Additionally, there will be roughly 40 total staff, including counselors, facilitators, photographers and videographers, and camp directors.

How big will my group be and how is it determined?
Although there will be 120 total students at Camp Matador, your individual group will only consist of 10 freshmen and 2 counselors. These groups will be randomly selected and be given a color bandana to represent your team.

What are Camp Matador counselors like?
Camp Matador counselors are enthusiastic and genuine current students who share a diverse background and have varied interests. Many Camp Matador counselors are previous campers, and all of them are currently undergraduate students. Their majors are equally diverse, including: CTVA, Engineering, Political Science, Business, Kinesiology, and more

What activities can I expect during camp?
There will be a variety of activities including ziplining, swimming, water balloon tosses and relays, ping pong, intramurals, team building challenges, 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.

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 $165. 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 email 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.

Are scholarships available?
Scholarship information for Camp Matador 2019 will be updated in 2019.

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 and Liability Release Form.

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?
A full refund will be given to students who cancel prior to June 1st, 2019. A partial refund of $100 will be given to students who cancel between June 1st, 2019 and July 15th, 2019. No refund will be given to students who cancel after July 15th, 2019.

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?
Overnight parking is not allowed anywhere on campus. Parking is only allowed off-campus. We highly recommend getting dropped off on Thursday and picked up on Sunday.

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, sheets, 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 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 (818)-677-4453 and ask to speak to the Camp Administration Director or email us at