A girl’s guide to making the most out of NYSC orientation camp

Considering the mixed tales you’ve heard, stepping into the Nigerian Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp might make you feel hesitant. But fear not! We’ve got your back. The camp is a must for fresh Nigerian graduates, and we know the camp experience isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. We chatted with Angie, Idayat, and Kitan to shed light on this adventure, each with their unique insights.

Here’s a practical guide to conquering camp life, tailored especially for the ladies who are a bit uncertain.

First Steps 

To pack light or carry the world? Idayat’s sage advice is to opt for light packing due to the camp’s demanding activities. While stuffing your bags with desires might be tempting, post-camp chaos could dampen the excitement. Stick to the essentials, saving time and effort with a compact luggage choice.

Getting Started 

Idayat suggests a pair of white socks for each day – “Not exactly, but you get the idea.” So, socks are a must. Pack numerous black and white undergarments, cover cloth, extra white shorts, and tees. “Camp provides a set, but a little extra prep is smart,” says Idayat.

Angie’s top priority is your call-up letter and photocopies of essential documents and passport photos. Keep them organised in a file for stress-free registration. She also advises joining a group for camaraderie. Your camp memories will revolve around the people you meet, so dive into groups like the Orientation Broadcasting Service (OBS), Red Cross, Cultural and Social Group, Sports Group, or Decoration Group.

Satisfying Your Hunger 

For those with finicky stomachs, the NYSC camp meals might not sit well. Idayat suggests bringing a small food flask for mammy market visits. Angie recommends packing your favourite cereals, matching condiments, and snacks – they’re pricier at the mammy market.

Staying Fresh 

Kitan suggests wipes and a handkerchief for quick surface cleaning – a necessity when clad in white most of the time. And, given the three-week duration, extra sanitary items like tampons, pads, or cups are wise companions. Prioritise comfort.


Mosquitoes are inevitable, so Idayat vouches for repellent outdoors and a mosquito net for sleep. Extra hangers make drying towels and undies a breeze. After Kitan’s aroma ordeal, keeping a trusty deodorant is paramount. The sun-induced sweat and smells are real!

Stay Hydrated 

Bring a sizable water bottle to combat the sun’s heat. While there’s medical assistance, a cross-body bag or fanny pack for your phone and wallet is essential during activities.

Survival Strategies 

A flashlight is essential as camps often lack constant electricity. Opt for rechargeable ones with ample battery space. For SAED lectures, pack a novel to survive the tedium. And a hefty power bank helps keep your devices charged.

Money Matters 

As Kitan wisely notes, money matters. Carry cash and have funds accessible for transportation and emergencies. Angie’s advice? Embrace the NYSC camp as a unique experience. Engage in activities and friendships, making the most of this one-of-a-kind journey.

Idayat emphasises connecting with camp staff for emergencies. Remember, no girl is an island – teamwork eases stress and enriches your camp experience. Lastly, shop ahead to stay budget-savvy. 

So there you have it…

A comprehensive guide to conquering the NYSC orientation camp, straight from the experiences of Angie, Idayat, and Kitan. Whether you’re feeling a mix of excitement and trepidation, remember that this journey is yours to shape. Embrace the challenges, the camaraderie, and the memories waiting to be made.

As you step onto the campgrounds, armed with insights from these remarkable women, carry with you the knowledge that you’re joining a legacy of graduates who have navigated this path before. From packing wisely to prioritising self-care and embracing the unexpected, you can tackle any camp life throws your way.

Embrace every moment – the early mornings, the friendships, the challenges, and the triumphs. Let the lessons learned during these weeks become a foundation for your future endeavours. And as you forge connections and make memories, know that you’re not alone; countless others have stood where you stand, and countless more will follow.

So go forth, and embark on this adventure with a spirit of resilience, curiosity, and openness. You’re about to create stories that will become part of your personal narrative for years to come. Here’s to your NYSC journey – may it be filled with growth, laughter, and an unwavering determination to make the most of every opportunity. Best of luck, and remember to savour the experience!


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