NYSC: Things You Should Know Before Orientation CAMP



When the National Youth Service Corps program was designed, integrating Nigeria and promoting the One Nigeria theme was at its core. However, several decades down the line, it is the fact that this one-year mandatory service period could be best or worst period – depending on how you peel your onions –  of every young Nigerian’s life.

So, how do you make it work? Adapt from the very first stage –  Orientation Camp. Below are a couple of tips to get you started on the right track.

1. Prepare Your Mind

First and foremost, you need to prepare your mind that you are leaving home for a regimented life in the camp. Life in the camp is deliberately made stressful so as to prepare you for any challenge that may confront you outside the camp.

You will not find it too comfortable, It’s a camp and not your Father’s house! Just be ready for anything.

2. Itemize All Your Needs by priority (very important ones first):

Very Important Ones
a. Statement of Result
b. School ID Card
c. Passport photographs (30 copies, Surplus is better than inadequacy)
d. Call-Up Letter (DO NOT laminate it please)
e. A Clear Bag file (To house the above items)

NB: Get 10 photocopies each of items A,B, and D above. The copies may be surplus.

Important Ones (For your Convenience)
a. Stapler, pin and office gum (will save you the stress of ‘borrow-me’)
b. Two or three white T-shirts and shorts (You will be given two sets but you may not like the quality)
c. Two or three pairs of socks and a white rubber tennis shoes (for rainy days)
d. Bathroom slippers and Dettol
f. Two plastic buckets (You can buy it in the camp but it will be more expensive) and a permanent marker
g. Sponge and its case, bath-soap and detergent
h. Bedsheet, towel and wrapper and two pairs of casual wear
i. Mosquito Net (not compulsory)
j. Handkerchiefs (very important especially for those that sweat)
k. Waist bag (very very important for housing your phones, ID Cards, Handkerchief, biros, etc)
l. Novels
m. Small-sized Torchlight/Rechargeable lamp (small one please)
n. Your ATM card(s)
o. Cooler cup and spoon
q. Beverages
r. Ladies could add any other few conveniences. I believe you understand me
s. Money! Money! Money! Hold good cash please depending on how you spend

3. Go Early:

Please, no matter how close the camp might be to your street, enable to go early. If you are posted to a far state, go the day before the camp opens. They will allow you in. Going late will make you go through registration stress. Be warned!

4. Screening:

The screening starts at the gate, where your loads are open and thoroughly search. They don’t want you to bring in prohibited items like iron, knives, bombs, etc.

5. Registration:

The first registration will certainly be for hostel/bedspace, where you;ll be given tags to identify with. Then the paper registrations proper follows. try as much as possible to make everything available. Look out for information pasted on walls. Follow instructions strictly.

6. Your Kits:

During the registration, you will get all your kits (shirts, shorts and shoes). Use the marker to write your Code Number (CN) on them ‘sharp-sharp” You will also be given a tag that will show your CN. That will be your ID Card temporarily. You take it everywhere in camp. You will be given a meal ticket. Misplace it and forget about NYSC food.

7. Duration:

You will be in the camp for 20 full days. The 21st day is the day you will be leaving the camp.

8. No Room For Casual Wears:

Immediately you have your kits, only your T-shirt and shorts with the tennis shoe are allowed on you. No room for casual wears. Parade/marching training starts immediately. The soldiers will not give you breathing space at all. You will have the first one that same Day One. Watch Out! people could be fainting on the Parade Ground. You won’t faint, calm down… So eat well. It’s the stress that causes their fainting.

9. Morning Regimented Programme:

A small trumpet wakes you at 4am. Everybody gathers at the Parade Ground (PG) at 4:30am. You have your praise, worship and prayer the Christian and Muslim ways. After the morning admonitions, by 7am, breakfast follows! After eating, you will be called out again for the series of programmes lined up for you. Then you have your lunch. Rest a little and you are out again for evening parade. Then later your dinner. This will repeat itself everyday perhaps except on Sunday.

10. Hate The Food And Feed Yourselves At Your Costs:

You may not like the food. You can always go to the Mammy Market (MM) i.e the Camp Market to fill your ‘tank’ with delicacies at your cost.


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