As prospective corps members prepare for NYSC orientation camp starting on January 24, what do they need to know that no one else will tell them?
1. Get to camp early so you can get the best rooms and settle in. Since camp opens on January 24, 2017.
Get there as early as possible on that day, before all the bests rooms are chosen. You don’t want to spend 3 weeks in a room you don’t like.
2. Choose your room with care, check for wall sockets, fans, and good beds. Also pick a room that is not close to the toilets.
Wall sockets might help with charging, working ceiling fans will keep away the likely heat.
3. In your room, choose the top bunk, so you are closer to the ceiling fan or a bunk bed close to the window to help you survive the heat.
5. If you plan to give your clothes to the dry cleaners, then you should get a permanent marker and put your code number on all your items of clothing, so they don’t get mixed up.
6. Set a daily alarm, so you can wake a little earlier and you get to have a little time to prepare before the drill instructors come.
7. It is important that you make friends, so do not keep to yourself, some make valuable friendships in camp. Some even meet spouses.
8. Visit the mosque in the morning for prayer, if you need few minutes of extra sleep.
9. It might be difficult at first, but try to enjoy the drills, they will keep you fit and in shape.
10. Do not be afraid to eat both camp and mammy food. Have a schedule, you will spend less and enjoy more.
11. If you want to be posted to a particular place for your year of service, get a request letter from your preferred place of PPA and give to your platoon leader on time while in camp.
12. You will be waking up early a lot of time, so catch up on sleep, any chance you get, you will leave the camp with better health.
13. It is not a do or die affair. You can easily leave the camp if your health is not good, just apply for ‘exeat’, ask your platoon leader how to go about it.
14. If you do not want to march for your platoon, you should join the Martial arts classes, they are quite fun and you will learn self-defense.
15. Make sure you fill the ‘Book of life’ while in camp. It is one of the most important things to do.
16. Lastly, have fun.