Very soon, call up letters will start trooping in, while you awaiting this, these are the Basic NYSC Requirements for camp. As we all know, the National Youth Service Corps is compulsory to every Nigeria students both home and abroad.
Hello PCMs (Prospective Corps Members), before you actual NYSC service year commences, there is a mandatory 3 weeks paramilitary training called NYSC camping.
Don’t be afraid
The aim of this program is to promote national unity among you and other youths from all over the country.
Although, some things are being provided by the government to prospective corps members who have received their call up letters, there are some basic requirements for camp you ought to come along to camb with.
Even as you are heading over to NYSC Camp to heed the Clarion Call, there is a lot of important things you have to take along with you, on your way to NYSC orientation camp.
Here, I have compiled a list of NYSC essential things you need to take with you to camp aka “NYSC requirements for camp” also integrated are some life-saving advice.
It is important you know that These necessary NYSC requirements for camp are compulsory and you will not be allowed into any NYSC Camp if you don’t have them with you.
Now, following the uploading of call-up letters for the 2019 Batch A orientation course on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Portal, a comprehensive list of essential things prospective corps members must take to camp have been highlighted here.
The Basic NYSC Requirements for camp
These process will help you know how to prepare for nysc orientation camp and best nysc camp practices.
What are the requirements needed for NYSC?
CALL UP LETTER: This is a vital part of camp registration and it’s the only evidence that you are a prospective corps member (colloq. Corper, or Otondo) and you are not impersonating anyone.
They will collect it from you and not return it, so don’t panic when this happens. You are not allowed to forget this under any circumstance, even if you forget your luggage never forget this.
- NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, NEVER LAMINATE YOUR CALL UP LETTER!
- Remember you can REPRINT your Call-Up letter online if selected the print online (N3,000) option.
Registration Documents: If you’re a foreign graduate, take along the original credentials you uploaded (to the NYSC Portal) for physical verification / evaluation. The List here
Green Card: It contains your bio-data. Print and bring along your signed copy.
Final Year Student IDENTITY CARD
Notification/STATEMENT OF RESULT from School
PHOTOCOPIES OF YOUR DOCUMENTS: Now make about 5 copies of every document required. There would be photocopiers in camp at mammy market but trust me, it is double the price and it saves time.
PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPHS: This is very important. Take as many as you can, about 20 in white backgrounds. You would need them for different kinds of registration. e.g, skill acquisition groups, religious groups, sports, redeployment, bank account opening e.t.c
Safety 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.
The Secondary nysc requirements for camp
CERTIFICATES/LICENSES: For Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses & Lab Scientists, take along your proof of certification.
Graduates of Medicine and Pharmacy are expected to have their Certificates of Registration with Nigerian Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (NMDCN) and Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) respectively.
STATIONERY: PEN, PAPER, GUM. Yeah this saves time and lots of unnecessary begging.
My CLEAR BAG: You’ll need to put the aforementioned in a portable envelope/bag that can withstand some amount of wear/tear. Hence, My Clear Bag.
Tip: Some camps do seize staplers at the gate during check-in. But do not forget to include pins in your stapler if you still decide to take it along.
You will be given a meal ticket that gives you access to the Camp kitchen for the 21 days. Lose it and you have to feed yourself.
Even if you do not intend to use it, you will come across someone who would appreciate the kind gesture.
Tip: After getting your NYSC State Code Number (which you have to wear around your neck all through camp with your ID card), 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.
Other Basic NYSC Requirements for camp – DAILY NEEDS
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ROUND-NECKED WHITE T-SHIRTS and WHITE SHORTS: : 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.
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.
WHITE SOCKS: Just get extra pairs.
PADLOCKS: [BRING or BUY from Mammy] Please 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.
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.
MOSQUITO TREATED NET: You would do not want to fall sick in camp from malaria and miss out on the fun. Just bring yours. Also bring ropes you would use to hang it. The nets usually have these. I also used mine as a room to protect my box and properties from thieves and also from some insects and ants.
BASIC DRUGS: Like paracetamol, medicine for your allergies, menstrual pain relief drug, nausea relief drugs, antibiotics e.t.c.
ANTISEPTIC/DISINFECTANTS: Such as Dettol etc. 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.
ESSENTIAL NYSC REQUIREMENTS YOU CAN BUY IN MAMMY MARKET
DETERGENT/HYPO: Buying this from mammy market can help reduce 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,.
A PAIR OF SLIPPERS: [BRING or BUY]
Bed sheets, Pillow Cases and A Pillow. You could also get pillow from mammy market to reduce load.
HANDKERCHIEF. There will be BUCKETS of sweating. Do yourself a favor.
FLASK, BOWL AND CUP: [BRING or BUY] For eating. Important for those who intend on eating Camp food.
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.
BEVERAGE: The camp will supply you with “Tea-water” or ‘brown-water’ so you can make tea when you need to!
FLASHLIGHT OR RECHARGEABLE LAMPS: [BRING] Most 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 where they stay open till, say, 3am depending on how lenient your camp commander is. You can charge your lamps there for a little fee.
Some form of entertainment: Novels – for those who get bored easily, please take a few. And for guys, games on your phone would do or chess. Your music player and headphones for audio files.
Get extra phone batteries or power bank and extra Network SIMs. Some networks are not available at some camps as they’re usually in remote locations, far from town centres.
CASH: Extremely important. You would need about N25,000 minus transport to and fro camp. Then between N30,000 – N40,000 to be ‘just’ contented.
For those that can manage, say about N15,000. There are lots of things that take up money. Things like food (for those who don’t intend eating from the camp kitchen), energy drinks, recharge cards, charging of electronic devices, laundry, pleasures e.t.c.
ATM Card: You ‘normally’ wont be allowed to leave camp. So do not be stranded, trust me it’s not a good idea. Just budget N1,000 per day. You should take your ATM card along, in case.
Wrapping up on the basic NYSC requirements for camp
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 instantly.
That’s all you need to take to NYSC camp! Now, don’t be selfish. You have to share this with your friends, don’t you? Click the share buttons below.
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