I’m back again.
This week, I am going to do something for all my PCM’s(Prospective Corp Members).
I want to give you guys these tips to help you survive the 3 weeks.
So ladies and gentlemen are you
You’d hear this Good to go alot and it’d get totally annoying but then they’d make you reply by saying “good to go good to go sir”
So let me start by telling you this, The mere thought of going to camp is very scary at least for me it was
I didn’t know what to expect, I had heard a lot of gory stories especially about waking up by 3am and the fact that I love sleep just made it more terrifying.
I would talk about my camp experience some other time but today in this short article I would be giving you some tips from my experience and what I saw in camp that might help you all,
I know some of you have seen the checklist around and you’ve gotten most of the things
Now here are my tips
- Travel light: Please don’t be like me I went to camp with 1 box and 1 ghana must go and my handbag it was tug of war carrying this items to my hostel. Thank God for one small boy that was kind enough to help me with my bags at a price though.
- Never forget your waist pouch and put all you valuables in them. I can confidently beat my chest and say all through my stay in camp I never lost one naira neither did I loose my phone. Although the first day in camp I almost lost all the money I had with me because I left my waist bag open but a good Samaritan called my attention to it and saved me from this.
- Buy a lot of your white and white I had over 6 pairs of t-shirts, 6 pairs of shorts, 3 pairs of trainers, 2 pair of the rubber shoes and over 12 pairs of socks before I went to camp and that saved me a lot. I never ran out of the whites. Also make sure you write your state codes on them. I’d also advise that if you avoid washing your whites yourself especially if for the first week because you’d just notice your things start developing wings. Please give your clothes to the laundry if you can, they’d wash and even iron it for you.
- Buy your mosquito nets: I didn’t really need this for mosquitoes in Plateau because it was harmattan season I didn’t see a single mosquito but it still helped with the cold. However, most of you might need it now because the mosquitoes are on a rampage right now.
- Don’t eat the camp food you don’t think would go well with your system please and please don’t do it. I made sure I avoided eating food that I couldn’t stand. Sometimes I collected food but I threw it out when I found out it was not very edible because trust me you don’t have the luxury of a good toilet like you have in your home so try and avoid anything that would upset your stomach. In my camp, Sunday food and the days my platoon was on duty were my best days because they made pretty good food on Sundays and I could trust the food my platoon made because I was there with them most times.
- Take Imodium, Tetracycline and Flagyl. You might need this when your stomach starts singing hallelujah. You might also need some analgesics like panadol and diclofenac.
- (Make sure you are not eating as you read this). Take dettol antiseptic(the big size) and wash soap(if you do not react to it, if you do get another antiseptic), lots of tissue, Harpic, Airfreshner and Jik. If I had to do some toilet business (even though our toilet was comparatively new and neat), I went with these items. Let me teach you how to do it. Get 2 buckets of water ready before you do anything pour some dettol into the water, pour the harpic and just wash immediately then flush with half a bucket of water, take enough tissue to cover the water, clean the sit of the water closet with dettol and hypo then spread some tissue around the seat and blast off when you are done, you can flush with the 1.5 bucket of water because you’d be needing a lot of water to flush off all that tissue. The dettol will also be useful for your bathing water.
- Eat well, eat very very well . I’m not natural foodie. But you know what they say, “let food be thine medicine.” Food can actually prevent illnesses and eating well can save you from ending up admitted in that their wonderful camp clinic. I actually became fatter in camp. Yeah I know everyone else losses weight. I moved from a hip size 40 to 43 in 3 weeks. I lost all that weight when I came home. THE INCREASE WAS PRETTY OBVIOUS.
Now this was my meal routine
- When I wake up by 3 am and get ready for the morning parade I make a beverage and take it like 4am before the drill
- Immediately after drill I go to mami market and I get bread and eggs.
- I bought biscuits that I take during lectures to avoid sleeping off
- I take rice, spaghetti , moimoi or yam as lunch and I get a fruit to eat with this
- I take my afternoon/evening snack (Fura Da Nono)
- Then I would take fried yam, plantain, potatoes or masa for dinner
- And if you know me you’d know my candy was always handy. Readily available.
Yes, I literally ate all the time to avoid falling sick because my mum warned me sternly to make sure I eat a lot
- Be careful with the kind of programs you register for. There are some people who just came to camp to collect your 1000 naira they’d register you and most times not contact you again. There are two I know are legit. They are:
- Nigerian Institute of Management Training
- Institute of Risk Management.
- Have fun but do not lose yourself. The fun of NYSC is in the 3 weeks of camp after that the remaining year would just be there so have fun. However, People have fun and end up regretting it. Don’t be that one. Use your head while having fun.
MOST IMPORTANT POINT: Take enough money, this one is the most important. Money in camp would save you a lot of stress especially with food and your laundry and other essentials so please take enough money.
These are my own tips. Follow most of them and you would really not have a problem. I would have spoken about the soldiers but those at my camp were quite nice and approachable(not as bad as others I’ve heard about) so I can’t really speak ill of them. We hardly had issues with them except for our camp commandant who was a very special case and he was not even that bad. He just liked playing some unnecessary play.
So with I’d say get ready to go..
All senior corp. members and ex-corp members please add to this list if there is something I have left out.
And ooh yes here is the NYSC anthem..
Youths obey the clarion call
Let us lift our nation high
Under the sun or in the rain
With dedication and selflessness
Nigeria is ours, Nigeria we serve.
I wish you all the best as you move on to this next phase. Enjoy yourselves guys.