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12 Important things every corps member needs to bring along to orientation camp

If you have been mobilised to serve under the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), there are important things your are expected to bring to camp. 
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If you have been mobilised to serve under the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), there are important things you are expected to bring to camp. 

Many corps members often make the mistake of not bringing some of these items along to the orientation camp only to wish they had done them moments after they step into the camp. 

Some of these items are so important that without them you will not be allowed inside the camp and some others are what you need on daily basis to make your stay in camp a little less frustrating.

For the sake of clarity and emphasis, I will present them according to their order of priority.

  1. Your NYSC Call-Up Letter: You will be required to present this the moment you step into the camp for your first registration. Do not forget that this is the only document to prove that you are a newly posted corp member. So do not joke with it. Even if you forget every other thing I am going to list here, do not forget this one. In addition, you are to go with photocopies of this document because it will likely be required subsequently for other registrations. Many new corps members (Otondo) are usually sent back home for not coming to camp with this document. Do not laminate this Document. It may be rejected by NYSC Officials if you do so.
  1. A signed copy of your Green Card. 
  1. Your Students’ IDENTITY CARD or Stamped Letter of Identification from your school: This should be stamped and signed.
  1. Statement Of Your Result from the School you graduated.
  1. Originals and Photocopies Of All Related Documents: You should make at least 10 photocopies of each of the documents you uploaded during your NYSC registration as well as the ones I have mentioned above. You can indeed make photocopies of these documents in camp but to save cost (The cost of these things is on the high side in camp) and time you should bring them along with you to camp.
  1. Passport Photographs: All most every single form you will fill in camp will require you to attach a passport photograph. You may need up to 10 passport photographs. Also, ensure they all have the required colour background.
  1. Certificates/Licenses: Corps members that have studied professional courses such as medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing et cetera will be required to present their proof of certification. e.g Certificates of Registration with the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (NMDCN) and Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) for medical and pharmacy graduates respectively.
  1. STATIONERY: you will need a pen, gum, stapler, files et cetera.
  1. All White Wears All through your stay at camp you will always be in white. You may be allowed to only wear something different on Sundays or special occasions when you will be required to wear your official NYSC dress (your khaki apparel).  It is true that in camp you will be given 2 white T-shirts, 2 white knickers and a pair of white Sneakers. However, the truth is that these may not serve you due to their low quality and the fact you may not be able to wash h every day. Hence the need to bring yours to the camp.
  1. Other Items you need daily: padlock (for your bag), waist pouch (for carrying personal items like phones and your money), mosquito net, antiseptic or disinfectant, detergent, bucket, food flask, cup, toiletries, bedding or bedspreads, rechargeable lantern or torchlight, slippers, pain relievers like paracetamol (you may need this after some few days of drills), beverages, cash (you will need money at camp. You should budget 15,000 – 20,000 naira or more depending on your ability to manage and economise).

All of these items mentioned in number 12 can be purchased in the popular mammy market at the camp. However, the prices are usually on the high side. It is much cheaper to bring them along to the camp.

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