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NYSC: Basic Camp Requirements for Prospective Corps Members
As the 2016 Batch B (Streams 1 & 2) Prospective Corps members are warming up to go to camp for the necessary 3 week Orientation Course of the NYSC, I thought it wise to open your eyes to some of the basic things you will need in Camp to guarantee you a hitch-free experience. You can forget yourself at home while preparing to go to the Orientation Camp and there won’t be a problem. But there are basic things that would puncture your peace of mind if you fail to take them along. Basically, all the necessary things you will need in Camp are highlighted in your call-up letter. So, first and foremost, when you print out your call-up letter do yourself the good of going through it dutifully. Now, apart from the things written for you in the letter, you need to bear in mind, the season and weather condition we are in. it is harmattan period and you all know what it is.
To prepare for what will come to you, bearing in mind that the severity of the harmattan cold and wind is relative to the area you are in, you need to be very careful. Get a head warmer, a sweater, long socks, hand gloves and a thick blanket. If you can, make these things double. You will be given a beds pace but there won’t be a mosquito net in it. Try and get one if you can because, if you happen to be sent to a place where mosquitoes have headquarters and chambers, you will be in trouble. Remember too that there are business men and women in Camps. They will come with these things but their prices are very high because by then, you won’t have a choice, you must get them to remain alive. Now, let me give you a long list of some registration requirements…
Official NYSC Camp Registration Requirements:
1. CALL UP LETTER: This is a vital part of camp registration and the only evidence that you are a prospective corps member (colloq. Corper, or Otondo) and you are not impersonating anyone. This will be taken from you and not returned to you. So if at all you even forget your luggage (lol) never forget this. For memory’s sake, you can just make a photocopy and keep.
Tip: DO NOT LAMINATE IT! And keep it like its your life. I know someone who was sent back because she forgot hers. Also someone who had to beg and beg before his letter was collected because he laminated his own copy. So please avoid all these stress and make enough copies of this letter.
2. Registration Documents: Foreign graduates should take along important registration documents used in registering at Abuja.
3. Official School Identity CARD: This is yet another vital one. The signature of the your school’s registrar would be examined from the list submitted by Senate and it is checked on your ID Card. If there happens to be any variation, e don be for you be that.
4. Notification/Statement of Result from School
5. PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPHS: This is very important. Take as many as you can, about 20 in red backgrounds. You would need them at every registration point mostly. Then those of you who would likely redeploy or join one group or the other in camp, you would need more than others.
Tip: The forms that will be handed to you are very easy to fill. Attach your passport where necessary and fill them correctly. After your registration, you will be issued with your State Code Number. This will be like your PIN throughout your Service Year.
7. CERTIFICATES/LICENSES: For Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses & Lab Scientists, take along your proof of certification.
8. STATIONERY: PEN, PAPER, GUM, TIPPEX. Yeah this saves time and lots of unnecessary begging.
Tip: Some camps do seize staplers at the gate during check-in. So do not forget to include pins in your stapler if you are taking that along.
Tip: After getting your NYSC State Code Number, you can proceed to claim your NYSC Kit and Mattress after which you can proceed to get a Room. After you have gotten your kit and secured a place in the hostels, you can settle down and you are good to go to start the Military parades.
Now, Your NYSC kit should contain 1 NYSC Crested Vest, A pair of Khaki Trousers, Cap and Jacket, 2 White T-shirts, 2 Pairs of Knickers, 2 pairs of green-stripped Stockings, A Pair of Orange Jungle Boots and One Pair of White Converse. A “Belt” is also included.
9. ROUND-NECKED WHITE T-SHIRTS: This is an essential outfit in camp in fact in most camps this is the only allowed cloth to be worn throughout your 3 weeks. Even to church, you might not be allowed to wear colored cloths. You would be given 2 pairs of white t-shirts at camp to just fulfill all righteousness which surely would never be your size especially our very slim and small otondo in size . So you can bring extra pairs (6). Why? Because you probably wont have time to wash during the week after being stressed out from the parades and Man-O-War drills.
Tip: Do not carry more than 2 pairs of colored clothes because you wont need it.
10. WHITE SHORTS: I beg you please do bring yours. you would also be given 2 pairs of shorts which are really poor in material. They tear easily and it can be annoying. So my dear Otondos bring like 4 pairs of shorts. Trust me also you wont like to wash everyday, so bring enough to last you like 3 days so that you wont be stranded.
11. PLAIN WHITE SNEAKERS/TENNIS SHOES: This is a very important outfit. you would also be given an ugly pair of low quality white tennis shoes customized for NYSC. It’s either you are not given your size although you can find someone with your size and swap. But after the first wash it starts tearing. So just buy yours (white). They also sell this in camp, so in case you are not able to get you could buy in camp just carry extra cash for that because the price would be higher – as with everything in Mammy – because they know you have no choice than to buy. Now, If you happen to camp during the rainy season, get white rubber sneakers/boots especially if you’re posted to the Southern part of the country . The parade fields/mammy market might be messed up after the rains. You will get this in camp.
12. WHITE SOCKS: Just get extra pairs. Sometimes you might be caged up in series of activities and there would be no time to wash them. So, having extra could readily save you the hassle.
13. MOSQUITO TREATED NET: You would do not want to fall sick in camp from malaria. Just bring yours. Also bring ropes you would use to hang it. I also used mine as a room to protect my box and properties from thieves and also from some insects and ants.
14. BASIC DRUGS: Like Panadol or paracetamol, medicine for your allergies, menstrual pain relief drug, nausea relief drugs, antibiotics e.t.c. The camp clinic is sometimes inadequately stocked with drugs so help yourself.
15. PADLOCKS: You must lock your boxes and bags to avoid regrets and tears. I know someone who lost more than 5 items including his two phones – like he’s the only one in camp. Personally, I lost my crested vest just because I usually leave my bag unlocked, thinking that people in Camp are human beings. Most of them are rogues, be careful.
16. WAIST POUCH: /Fanny pack/Bum bag (or for the more fashion-conscious, a cross-body purse). The bum bags are more popular because they won’t bang against you when you’re active and your hands are free to do whatever. You need it to carry your money, phone, small valuables, pens, etc around with you at all times. You should sleep with it too.
17. BEVERAGE: The camp will supply u with “Tea-water” so you can make tea when u need to!
18. DETTOL : This is very, very essential. Firstly the bathrooms can be very annoying and dirty and more importantly, you would not like to have infection from camp. Bad idea. Depending on your camp, the water can be dirty. Most people always have reaction to it.
19. DETERGENT: [BUY from Mammy.] Again, this reduces the amount of load you’re bringing into camp. However, if you’re lucky the mammy market will have vendors offering laundry services! It costs about N50 per item, N100 for your khaki trousers or shirt, extra N50 if you want your items pressed.
Tip: The Bucket: Buy this in Mammy. Don’t stress yourself taking one to Camp, which you’re probably going to leave behind after 3 weeks.
Toiletries: Toilet Paper, Sanitary Pad, soap dish etc. BUY in Mammy.
21. A PAIR OF SLIPPERS: [BRING or BUY]
22. Bed sheets, Pillow Cases and A Pillow. You could also get pillow from mammy market to reduce load.
Tip: Mattresses will be provided by NYSC. It is best to “double up” with the mattresses, as they are about 1 to 2 inches thick. Lol.
23. HANDKERCHIEF. There will be BUCKETS of sweating. Do yourself a favor.
24. FLASHLIGHT OR RECHARGEABLE LAMPS: [BRING or BUY] Most camps, or in fact, all camps do not give light except at a specific time of the day. It’s very essential especially at night when you need to use the bathroom, early in the morning when preparing for morning drills and meditations and at night in case you need to do anything. At the mammy market, there is always light till they close, usually 10pm except on days like the Camp Fire Night. You can charge them there at a little fee.
Tip: You will be fed three times a day in camp but I must not lie to you, the food there is nothing to write home about. They can be nice on few occasions like Sundays, but most days, they are poor. If you are someone who loves to eat good food, make provisions for your own food. You should get some fast foods along, some breakfast cereals and beverages. You should also hold extra cash to eat at the Mammy market. You will get good meals there.
25. PLATE, BOWL AND CUP: [BRING or BUY] For eating. Important for those who intend on eating Camp food.
26. Some form of entertainment: Novels – for those who get bored easily, please carry some. And for guys PSP or chess. also iPod your and MP3 players for audiophiles.
27. Your Ray-Ban sunglasses for the sun. And if you can’t afford that, get a Ray-Bon. LoL
28. Get extra phone batter(ies) and extra Network SIMs. Some network are not available at some camps in remote locations far from towns. Once you get your call-up letter, you can find out (from Students.com.ng) which network has the best reception at your destination camp. If you need data access, find out if that available also. Instagramers and keekers, if you get EDGE thank your stars.
29. CASH: Extremely important. You would need about N15,000. Then between N20,000 – N30,000 to be ‘just’ comfortable. For those that can manage, say, N10,000 – N15,000. There are lots of things that take up money. Things like food (for those who don’t intend eating camp food), drinks, recharge cards, charging of phones, laundry, pleasures e.t.c. But brothers and sisters, try to be judicious in spending o. You will see many beautiful, tempting things, sometimes, don’t let your “long throat” put you in danger.
REMEMBER: You won’t be allowed to leave camp for ANYTHING. So do not be stranded, trust me it’s not a good idea. Just budget 1000 per day. You could take your ATM card along, just in case. (This might sound counter-intuitive since there might not be any ATM in camp and you are not allowed to leave camp. But figure it out…)
You can keep you extra cash with the Accounts Department (as the case was in my camp) while some shops offer POS services, you still have access to extra cash whenever you need it.
If you have a camera you can take it along because you will want to snap a lot of scenes. If you have a Smartphone with great camera, that’s good for you because you can easily take and share photos on social networks.
Tip: If you don’t have any of those, you will have to pay some guys on camp who do that as business to follow you around and snap you wherever you go. They might charge up to N2,000 for the duration of the camping. They should give you all your photos and videos in DVDs at the end of Camping. Or you could wait till the last day of leaving camp and snap at a cheaper rate.
As long as this post is, that’s all you need to take to camp. And hey, for this loooong post and the vital information therein, I think I deserve some appreciation. Oya, share your comments quick quick!