What Every Prospective Corp Member Needs for Orientation Camp

What are the current Nysc orientation camp requirements? What Every Prospective Corp Member Needs for Orientation Camp

In this post, you will see what every future corp member needs for his/her orientation camp. I’ll list many necessary materials or requirements you carry to the camp.

What Every Prospective Corp Member Needs for Orientation Camp

Yes, in as much as there are a lot of graduates flooding out of universities, Google is having a lot of search requests on the requirements necessary for the NYSC orientation camp.

It is vital to read this article if you are a prospective corp member. It can save you a lot of stress and regrets and help smoothen your stay in the camp.


NYSC Camp Requirements: Important Things To Take To Camp


Get the originals and the photocopies of your documents. It is vital to note that you come with the original of your documents, as you cannot proceed with any registration without these originals. The documents are a Statement of Result, School ID Card, and call up letter.

NOTE: Remember, don’t laminate your call up letter.

Don’t also forget the original copies.



Get copies of your passport photographs. Note that you will be on the safer side if the passport photograph comes with a red background.

Some orientation camps may, in the selfish interest of making personal business gain, force corp members to snap with their crested vests only. This would mean that you have to be in the camp to take the passport photograph, which might mean a wasted effort in acquiring copies beforehand. I still think it safer carries some along. About eight copies to me are ok. If you plan to redeploy, you can get twice that because you would likely need more.

NOTE: Coming along with copies can relieve the stress of paying extra for it at camp and maybe queuing to take the shorts.



For the sake of doing your registration in time and other needful writings, it would be vital that you include stationery such as biro, paper, glue, Tippex and a stapler in your travel bag.

NOTE: this can save you the time of running around looking to borrow these things, as there is just about a short time for everything in camp.



The white t-shirt seems to be the most important outfit on an ‘Otondo’ in the orientation camp. In the camp, you will be given two of them, but usually, they do not fit well with most people. Many people consider getting three extra pairs since you would wear them daily.

Note: Any extra clothes you may come with could be for church services on Sunday and any other mufti for relaxing on the weekends. Essentially, they may not be very helpful if you have gotten enough whites.



The white shorts given to you at the orientation camp most often don’t always look good or fashionable to wear. It will be a good idea if you come along with two beforehand.

NOTE: you do not want to move around looking like a circus clown in odd model shorts wearing what NYSC calls white shorts.



Although you might be given a pair of white shoes, it is best to come prepared with one. If your camp is sandy ground, the shoes can be messy, dirty and uncomfortable. It is also hard to wash out clean and can easily tear within a few days.

NOTE: Since you will need it throughout your service year, getting one or two pairs for yourself is not a bad idea.



Get nice-looking white socks to complete your footwear. Getting a couple of them would do you a lot of good.

NOTE: your white socks can get dirty easily daily, so getting four or five of them is not bad.



You don’t want to be stressing yourself by begging for slippers to move around your hostel, relaxing away from the parade activities.

NOTE: Slippers are prohibited around the camp except during relaxation time around your hostel or when bathing. You can be punished for doing otherwise.



Due to the messing nature of most bathrooms in most orientation camps and the accumulated sweat during the day’s stress, it would be advisable to get a disinfectant like soap and Dettol for bathing. This would save you from unnecessarily getting sick from bacteria.

NOTE: you can easily get contact sickness from harmful bacteria.


Do not ignore this because, most times, there are no proper safety measures against mosquitoes as the doors and windows are usually broken or without nets.

NOTE: you would not fancy getting treatment for malaria in the poorly managed clinics at the camp because of the lack of this safety precaution.



No one survives very well in camp without some amount of cash in their pocket. It is vital because you would have many needs like wanting to eat out due to detesting the canteen food, desiring to take a couple of drinks because some days your system would need it, and the need to buy a lot of little things that never stop coming along. To avoid getting stranded and very uncomfortable, you must get these things.

NOTE: If you have a lot of money in your pocket, you will always find something to buy with them, especially if you have a couple of friends. So to manage your money well, take just the amount that would last for three weeks.

Also, remember there may be no ATM there. Available POS might also cause extra charges.

Be cautious with the money as they can be smart thieves too.


Some carelessly forget to carry a waist bag or refuse to buy one at the camp. You do not want to inconvenience yourself by carrying money and phones, and others in your hand. Or maybe giving it to a friend who has a pouch and now starts following them around or looking for them now and then.

NOTE: your waist bag can always hang around your waist as this cannot harm you but protect you from misplacing your important property.



Due to the lack of electrical light problems in Nigeria, it is very likely there might be darkness most time in your orientation camp. You should get a torchlight to walk safely at night and when going to bathe or something.

NOTE: small handheld torchlight can do all the magic.



Toiletries, sanitary pads, soap dishes, and buckets can be vital for daily body maintenance and cleanliness.

NOTE: apart from buckets, getting the others before coming is safer.



Get a plate, bowl and cup as they would be vital to take your food, drink tea, and take soup or the like.

NOTE: it gives you some sense of privacy


Summary of What Every Prospective Corp Member Needs for Orientation Camp


Here’s the checklist of items needed for the NYSC orientation camp:

  1. Call-up Letter (Original +3 photocopies)
  2. Green Slip (Original +3 photocopies)
  3. School ID Card (+3 copies)
  4. Statement of Result/Certificate (Original +3 photocopies)
  5. Medical Fitness Certificate (Original +3 photocopies)
  6. Passport Photos with a white background (7 – 9 copies)
  7. Stationary (Pen, Stapler, Permanent Marker)
  8. Casual/Sunday Wear
  9. Jumaat/Church Clothing
  10. Plain White Round Neck T-shirt (as many as you like)
  11. Plain White Shorts (as many as you like)
  12. Carnival Costume/Cultural Wear (be creative)
  13. Plain White Rubber Shoes (recommended)
  14. Plain White Sneakers (optional)
  15. White Socks (as many as possible)
  16. Toiletries
  17. Bedsheets and Blankets
  18. Beverages (Cereal, Garri, Milk)
  19. Body Cream/Lotion
  20. Bucket and Bailer
  21. Cardigan (White)
  22. Cloth Hangers
  23. Food Flask
  24. Cutleries
  25. Detergent
  26. Handkerchiefs
  27. Hand Fan
  28. Mosquito Net/Repellant
  29. Novels/Books
  30. Padlocks
  31. Power Bank
  32. Sanitary Pads and Tampons
  33. Shower Caps
  34. Sunglasses
  35. Water Bottles
  36. Torch Lights
  37. Waist Pouch
  38. Wrist Watch
  39. Your Medications
  40. Your Phone
  41. Anti-Malaria Pills
  42. Bandages
  43. Combs and Hair Needed
  44. Cotton Wool
  45. Disinfectants
  46. Eye Pads (for sleeping)
  47. Ear Plugs (protection from noise and dust)
  48. Face Towels
  49. Inhaler (for those who are asthmatic)
  50. Makeup and Accessories
  51. Methylated Spirits
  52. Money (Lots of it) and a Functional ATM card
  53. Padlocks and Keys
  54. Pegs/Clips
  55. Perfumes/Body Spray
  56. Pillow
  57. Toothbrush
  58. Toothpaste
  59. Bathing Towel
  60. White panties (colored panties will be too conspicuous under the white tops and bottoms).


I hope you have enjoyed this helpful reminder for your orientation camp stay. You can count on www.Awajis.com/nysc to feed your reading pleasure.

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