When are you going for the NYSC orientation? Here are things to take note of before going to NYSC camp.
Every candidate who just registered for the National Youth Service Corps preparing to go for NYSC camping should make sure they go through this guide.
1. NYSC Registration:
Remember to carry all your documents from home to avoid getting stranded at a point. If I were you I’ll carry all important documents (photocopies) to the camp. Registration stops 12 midnight preceding swearing-in day. So do not rush to stand in queues for hours and even forget to eat. Remember, fainting is real! Take your time if you can, the most important thing is to get all the necessary attire first. And don’t forget to always wear your cap, both for health reasons and to avoid punishments. You need to get your meal ticket too and make sure you don’t misplace it.
2. NYSC Laundry:
There are washermen and women available at your disposal for mostly the Aje-butter children and those who do not want to stress themselves. But to save money and stress of trying to ensure they return your own clothes back to you, wash your clothes immediately you come back from the field and take your bath. Try to hang it where it would get dry away from the rain. You must have a spare to wear the following day because you would be given two pairs (and maybe an extra you brought along).
3. Adjustment of clothes:
Unless you are unlucky and get a khaki times three your size (we all get that), there may be no need to adjust it. But if you must, don’t do it when there is a rush because you would end up paying a very high price at first. Wait till the end of the week when a lot of people must have gotten theirs done and you can do yours at almost the usual rate.
Don’t forget to negotiate well if you can. But if you don’t mind, you can leave it till you leave camp. While adjusting, do not make it too tight and make sure the tailor doesn’t cut off the remaining materials so you can always go back for a re-fix. Make sure you follow those tailors up if not you would be given flimsy excuses.
4. Linking Up with people:
Truth is, you would meet different types of people in camp; the crazy, calm, spoilt, razz, dirty, nice, complicated, funny, holy, party, drunk, beautiful, ugly, etc and different tribes too. Just be open-minded and smile at people when you can. Don’t make trouble and try to stay far when you see one brewing.
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Make friends, you shouldn’t go through camp alone. friends you make at the camp might be of help to you even during your stay there and also off camp.
5. Cute Outfit for NYSC:
Just have enough t-shirts and shorts to wear throughout the week if possible and have comfortable night wears especially in places with cold/hot nights. Also, have Sunday attire just in case your camp would allow you to go without white on Sunday.
You may need an extra pair of fancy attires if you intend to participate in some camp events like pageantry, drama, dance, sports, carnival etc.
The camp kitchen is run by incredibly hard-working women who are assisted by fellow corpers from different platoons assigned to the kitchen for each meal. You will be fed three times a day in camp, but if you know you are someone who loves to eat enough, this food won’t be enough for you. If you are someone who loves to eat food at any chance or you don’t want to have the mammy feel, no problem, just come loaded to camp with provisions like cereals, beverages, garri, biscuits etc. Also, make plans to have extra cash for visits to the camp market
7. Charging of phones at the NYSC camp
For safety reasons, there are no sockets in hostels. Even if there are, they won’t work :). But there are places available where you can charge your batteries at the camp market. Make sure you give them only your battery and ensure they write your code number on it for easy identification. You can give them your phones too but be careful when doing this.
You can give your phone for charging in the morning and make sure you get it back before night, let’s say 5 or 6pm. They close and go home whether everyone has collected their phones or not and you’ll have to wait until the following day to get it.
Also note that towards the end of the camp, a lot of them leave with people’s phones. So a day to leaving the camp, charge your phone well and make sure you have no need to go back to charge on the day you’ll vacate the NYSC camp.
8. Availability of Water:
Always fetch water and store for the next morning. You can be shocked that there may be no water supply the next morning or it may finish before it gets to your turn and that means no bathing for you. As for drinking water you either buy pure water or bottled water because there is no free drinking water whatsoever. Buy in bags if you can to save cost.
9. Pocket Money:
This is exactly why people are advised to have something doing while they were waiting to be called up. You can learn how to make money online using your PC and smartphones here.
This way you can have something saved up to help you in camp. The question is “How much money do you really need for the NYSC Orientation Course?”
You will be paid a #1,500 allowance sometime after you arrive at the NYSC camp and also another allowance some days later. Both bicycle and transport allowances may not be enough for you or it may be depending on how you decide to cut your coat. If you intend to drink and hang out at the mammy/mami market, then you need to take more money depending on how much you can finish, be wise though! You will still have to pay for SAED (Skill Acquisition And Entrepreneurial Development) training and some other little stuff in your platoon. You will also get your first allowance/allawee (#19,800) in camp so make sure you plan your expenses well.
10. Bathroom & Toilet:
Don’t expect the bathrooms and toilets to be like one in a five-star hotel. If the cleaners in your hostels aren’t doing well, try to arrange among yourselves or the laundry people and do justice to the toilets. Remember, NYSC doesn’t care if you get one disease or the other from using the toilet.
11. Beware Of Soldiers And Respect Authorities:
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Do not dare the soldiers, some can be ruthless and you know they have the authority to deal with you in name of discipline. But they can be helpful and friendly if you know how to follow them. Also respect the officials in charge, either platoon level, camp level or even state level.
These people can even help you secure a good place of primary assignment if you play it well.
12. Respect The Parade Ground:
Always switch your phones off or put them on silence while on parade ground. Just don’t bring it out, it could be seized and destroyed if you add disrespect on top. The bad thing is that there is no one to report to or get a new one.
Also, try to reduce noise when it’s actually a time to be quiet. The soldiers are always meting out punishments like it’s nothing and they don’t mind using you as an example.
Over to you!
We are glad to learn you are already in the NYSC camp now or recently called to join. It will interest you to know that the way you comport yourself will always have a long way to take you, always obey instructions and mind your health too. You can seek medic whenever you notice something unusual about your health.