By Toby Prince
The 2019 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Batch B Stream I camp begins on Tuesday. The three-week exercise can be such a long time and unbearable when you arrive unprepared.
To help potential corp members through camp, here are four tips.
1 – Important items
Itemize all your needs using a scale of preference.
1. Very Important Ones
a. Statement of Result
b. School ID Card
c. Passport photographs (30 copies, Surplus is better than inadequacy)
d. Call-Up Letter (DO NOT laminate it please)
e. A Clear Bag file (To house the above items)
NB: Get 10 photocopies each of items A,B, and D above. The copies may be surplus.
2. Important Ones (For your Convenience)
a. Stapler, pin and office gum (will save you the stress of ‘borrow-me’)
b. Two or three white T-shirts and shorts (You will be given two sets but you may not like the quality)
c. Two or three pairs of socks and a white rubber tennis shoes (for rainy days)
d. Bathroom slippers and Dettol
f. Two plastic buckets (You can buy it in the camp but it will be more expensive) and a permanent marker
g. Sponge and its case, bath-soap and detergent
h. Bedsheet, towel and wrapper and two pairs of casual wear
i. Mosquito Net (not compulsory)
j. Handkerchiefs (very important especially for those that sweat)
k. Waist bag (very very important for housing your phones, ID Cards, Handkerchief, biros, etc)
m. Small-sized Torchlight/Rechargeable lamp (small one please)
n. Your ATM card(s)
o. Cooler cup and spoon
p. Phone and charger [WITH YOUR PHONE WITH YOU, YOU CAN MAKE EXTRA CASH WHILE IN CAMP.
2 – Join a CDS group
You will be told to join the Band CDS Group, Cultural CDS Group, Parade team, etc, in NYSC Camp so that you’ll be posted to the State Capital.
I will advise you, don’t waste your money registering for a CDS group because of NYSC Posting. they can’t influence your posting as they would claim. (It’s all about your registration money).
3 – Control your sexual libido
You may be conversant with news of Corps Members suspension from NYSC orientation camp. Well, those suspended will have to wait for the next mobilized batch. One of the popular reason Corps Members are suspended from Camp is mating in public places. If you would not want to be suspended, advise yourself.
4 – Go Early for screening
No matter how close the camp might be to your street, endeavour to go early. The screening starts at the gate, where your loads are open and thoroughly search. They don’t want you to bring in prohibited items like iron, knives, bombs, etc.