Before you even start your preparation for orientation camp , you have to set your mind on what to expect , what to buy , things not to take and all but most importantly you need to know some important info about camp. Orientation Camp is a once in a life opportunity . its a time you really meet different kind of individuals most especially for the butty children and those who went to private university. You will meet , live and learn from strangers. At the end of the day, our experiences might be different but having a fore-knowledge of what to expect will reduce your “camp-shock.”
The next batch due for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) – Batch B 2014 – will be going for camping from August 5, 2014. What and what should you take to Camp? Do you really need most of the things you’ve packed into your big leather box already? Here’s a checklist of what i think an ‘Otondoh’ like you is like to need.
1 Documents and Photocopies
2 Call-up letter
3 Statement of Result/transcript
4 First degree certificates
5 School ID card
6 Passport photographs Comments
You won’t be allowed into camp premises without any of them. Go there with about 10 passports & 5 document photocopies each
7 Toothbrush & Toothpaste
8 Bath soap & Sponge
9 Detergent & Bar Soap
10 Toilet Paper
12 Sanitary Pads & Tampons
13 Shower Caps
16 Buckets & Bailer
17 Body Cream & Lotion Its ok to buy buckets and non-essentials at the camp.
18 White T-shirts
19 White Shorts
20 Whites tennis shoes
21 White socks
23 Bed sheets
24 Perfumes/ body spray
25 Rubber slippers/flip flops
26 Combs and hair needs
27 Makeup & accessories
* You will be provided with 2 pairs of white T-shirts and shorts in camp but you can take up to 2 pairs along.
* Colored panties will be too conspicuous under the white tops and bottoms.
* You can take a 2 – 3 sets of casual wears/mufti for Sunday and camp fire night.
* 1 pair of shoe and socks is okay. It is good to have a white rubber shoe that is easy to clean (sold at camp also)
Other Recommended Items
28 Torch lights
29 Mosquito nets/mosquito repellant
30 Food flasks, cups, drinking flasks & cutlery
31 Cloth hangers 32 Wrist watch 33 Padlocks and keys
34 Waist pouch 35 Handkerchiefs/face towels/Kleenex
37 Get a cheap watch.
Every one uses a waist purse.Its your camp bestie. Most of these items can be easily bought in the camp so don’t worry. If you cant get them before travelling.
Optional First Aid Items
38 Methylated spirits/ rubbing alcohol
39 Band aids/plasters
41 Inhaler (for those who are asthmatic)
42 Cotton wool
43 Anti-purging pills (flagyl, tetracycline etc.)
44 Anti-malaria pills.
These aren’t necessary except you have something to treat or known allergies
45 Camera & batteries
46 Writing pads and stationary
48 Glue sticks & stapler
49 CONDOMS (Lot of them).
If you have an internet-enabled camera phone, do take it along. Camp life can be very boring without one. You will like to take pictures and share with your friends.
You only need to be very vigilant and protective of your things. If you feel you need a bulletproof vest or helmet, please carry it. You know what we mean, don’t you?
50. MONEY, MONEY, AND MORE MONEY. * Never, ever, ever run out of it. Bring as much as you can afford. * Mirrors and forks are known to be contraband items in camp * Prices of items apart from fast consumer goods (Credit, Gala, Indomie etc) are usually higher than those outside so it is advisable you buy the things you can before going into camp. PACK AS LIGHT AS YOU CAN AND MAKE SURE YOUR BOX IS AS THEFT-PROOF AS POSSIBLE.
Credits: Evatese, Nairaland, Campusportal.