What to take to NYSC Orientation Camp
As much as there are lot of graduates flooding out of universities so also likewise Google is having a lot of search request on the requirements necessary for the NYSC orientation camp.
It is very vital to read this article if you are a prospective corp member. It can save you a lot of stress and regrets and as well as help smoothen your stay in the camp.
So here I’ll be listing a lot of the materials or requirements necessary that you carry along to the camp.
ORIGINAL/PHOTOCOPIES OF DOCUMENTS
Get the originals and the photocopies of your documents. It is vital to note that you come along with the original of your documents as you cannot proceed with any registration without these originals. The documents are 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 passport photograph. Note that you would be at a safer side if the passport photograph comes with a red background.
Some orientation camps may in the selfish interest to make personal business gain enforce corp members to snap with their crested vest 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 before hand. I still think it safer carry some along. About 8 copies to me is ok. If you are planning to redeploy then you can then get twice as that because you would likely need more of it.
NOTE: Coming along with copies can relieve you 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 stationeries such as biro, paper, glue, tippex and stapler in your travelling bag.
NOTE: this can save you the time taken to run around looking to borrow these things as there is just about 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 it but usually they do not fit well with most people. A lot of people consider getting three extra pairs since you would be wearing it every day.
NOTE: Any extra cloth you may come along with could be for church services on Sunday and any other mufti for relaxing in 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 would 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 an odd model shorts wearing that thing NYSC calls white shorts.
PLAIN WHITE SHOES
Although you might be given a pair of white shoes it is best to come prepared with one. If your camp is the sandy ground the shoes can really be messy dirty and uncomfortable to look at. It is also hard to wash out clean and can easily tear within few days.
NOTE: Since you will need it throughout your service year it is not a bad idea to get one or two pairs for yourself.
Get nice looking white socks to complete your foot wear. Getting a couple of them would do you a lot of good.
NOTE: your white socks can get dirty easily every day so getting like four or five of it is not a bad idea.
A PAIR OF SLIPPERS
You don’t want to be stressing yourself with begging for slippers to move around your hostel relaxing away from the parade activities.
NOTE: Slippers are not allowed around the camp except during relaxation time around your hostel or when bathing or something. You can be punished for doing otherwise.
Due to the messing nature of most bathrooms in most orientation camp and the accumulated sweat during the days stress it would be advisable that you get a disinfectant like soap and dettol for bathing. This would save you from unnecessarily getting sick from bacteria’s.
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 on malaria in the poorly managed clinics at the camp because of 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 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 it is necessary that you get these things.
NOTE: If you have a lot of money in your pocket you would 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 machine 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 along a waist bag or refuse to buy one at the camp. You do not want to inconvenience yourself with carrying money and phones and others in your hand. Or maybe giving it to a friend who has a pouch and now start following them around or maybe 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.
TORCHLIGHT OR RECHARGEABLE LANTERN
Due to the lack of electrical light problem in Nigeria it is very likely there might be darkness most times in your orientation camp. To be able to walk safe at night and when going to bath or something it is advisable that you get torchlight.
NOTE: small handheld torchlight can do all the magic.
Toiletries, sanitary pad, soap dish, bucket can be vital needs for your daily body maintenance and cleanliness.
NOTE: apart from buckets it is safer to get the others before coming.
Get a plate, bowl and cup as they would be vital to take your food, drink tea, and take soup or the like.
NOTE: gives you some sense of privacy
I hope you have enjoyed this helpful reminder for your orientation camp stay. i think you will also enjoy to know What Goes on in the Orientation Camp