NYSC Orientation Camp: All You Need To Know, Preparation and Requirements for NYSC

Have you received your NYSC call up letter or has the NYSC mobilization list being pasted on your University’s announcement board and your name is on that list, I would like to congratulate and welcome you into a new reality. A reality of service to your fatherland.


I wrote this post with the experience I gathered as a youth corper and I believe it will help you understand what NYSC means, the requirements and things you would need to use at the NYSC orientation camp 2018.

NYSC means National Youth Service Corp and it is a compulsory one year service you would have to render to your father land when you finish your Bachelor’s degree in the University. It is divided into three batches: NYSC Batch A, B, and C.

For prospective corps members. Below are few Important tips on how to prepare for service to your fatherland.

How To Prepare For NYSC Orientation Camp

The NYSC Orientation Camp programme duration is 21 full days. The 21st day is the day you will leave the camp to your PPA (Place Of Primary Assignment). Once you see your name in the NYSC mobilization list, ensure that you do the following:

1. If you are posted to a far state, especially to the northern part of Nigeria, try and find friends, who may be heading towards the same direction. This help you feel relaxed and comfortable on your trip.


2. Ensure you buy your NYSC kit early to avoid last minute rush. The prices of NYSC kit tends to increase when the news of respective NYSC batches is out. You might be wondering why you would need extra white shirts, shorts, tennis and socks at the camp. This is because the ones provided at the orientation camps are of inferior quality and are useless.

3. Get the following documents and items ready. We listed the compulsory and optional items according to their preferences.

a. Statement of Result, WAEC/NECO, JAMB Admission Letter (original copies)
b. Valid School ID Card
c. Enough passport photographs about 50 copies.
d. Call-Up Letter (Please do not laminate your call up letter as you can be expelled from the camp)
e. A file (To carry the items above)

NB: You are expected to get 20 photocopies each of items A,B, and D above. It might be more or less.

As for the optional and convenience items, You would them to avoid “borrow me” syndrome. Things like toiletries, towels, sponge, provisions, bed sheet, mosquito net, cardigan and cash. Trust me, the mosquitoes and cold are not friendly. Below are the optional and convenience items


a. Stapler, two packets of pins and office gum (You will use this as you register)

b. Three white T-shirts and shorts. As said earlier, you will be given two sets but of inferior quality.

c. Two or three pairs of socks and a white rubber tennis shoes (for rainy days)

d. Bathroom slippers, mosquito net, sponge, soap and detergent, bed-sheet and Dettol

e. Two plastic buckets (buy it in the camp, to save you from carrying much load on your journey)

f. You would need enough money like N50,000 at hand and your ATM card. That was during my time. it might increase due to the economic situation of the country.

4. Before you make your trip, make sure you phone is fully charged and maybe even keep an extra battery to always be in touch with family

5. Small rechargeable travel light.

NB To make your stay at the orientation camp smooth and more comfortable, travel to the state you were posted early especially for those posted to a far state. It is best you go the day before the camp opens as going late will make the registration stressful for you.

Things To Expect Within the NYSC Orientation Camp

As soon as you enter the gate of your various orientation camps, you will see enough uniformed men. Your screening starts at the gate. Of course, you might be afraid, but just follow orders.

1. Thorough search

Your loads would be searched thoroughly as they don’t want any weapons or prohibited items like iron, knives, bombs, etc. within the camp

2. Registration

Usually, the first registration is normally for hostel/bedspace. You would be given tags to identify with. Do not misplace your tags as they would be collected at the place where you will collect your foam. Other registrations at the NYSC orientation camp will follow. Provide all necessary documents asked of you. Strictly follow instructions.

3. Your NYSC Kits

You will be given all your NYSC kits during the registration phase. They include shirts, shorts and shoes. To avoid stealing and for proper identification, use a permanent marker to write your Code Number (CN) on them. This Code Number is your temporary ID card that you will use in your stay at the camp. Without this CN, you cannot eat the free food offered in the camp.

4. Casual Wears will not be allowed

When you get your kits, only your white T-shirt, white shorts, white socks and white tennis shoe will be allowed for the 21 days in the orientation camp. Although, there may be times where you might put on your full NYSC kit i.e the Uniform itself.

5. Regimented Programme/Parade

If you are the type that wakes up late, you would have to adjust as you would have to wake up as early as 3:30am, so as to get prepared. A trumpet wakes you at 4am. Everyone would be expected to assemble at the parade ground by 4:30am. Praises and worship for different religions (Christians and Islam) will be said.

At 7am, you have your breakfast. You can choose not to eat the food given free at the camp or go to the mammy market and eat a more balanced diet. After breakfast, you will be called out again for the series of fitness and Skill Acquisition Entrepreneurship Programmes (SAED). After the programme, your take your lunch. You will be given some time to rest before another evening parade and then, your dinner. This will continue everyday until you leave the orientation camp.

6. Your allowance a.k.a Allawe

Unless it has been increased, your first allowance will be N19, 800 which will be given to you in cash at the NYSC camp. and it will be in cash. You will also get Bicycle Allowance. This N19,800 will continue until you finish service. Some might collect state allawee, that’s if you are lucky. Spend wisely

7. Place Of Primary Assignment (PPA)

Your PPA is where you will be posted to do your work. Most Corpers will be posted to primary schools and secondary schools, few will be posted to the state capital and other places. Do not lobby or bribe anyone for your posting, especially the ladies. Just pray to God for a good PPA. Receive your PPA in good faith. After all, youths obey the clarion call under the sun or in the rain.

8. Always do your clearance

NYSC clearance should be taken seriously by all youth corp members. You would have to do this before you go home. It is very important because it registers you as a NYSC youth corper in the local government you were posted. Failure to complete your clearance before going home would see your subsequent monthly allowance/allawee not being recieved

Hope you understand the process on how to prepare for NYSC now. Share to others if you find this piece informative. Prospective corps members should seek more information at the various NYSC sites below:
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Jide Adeyoye Franklin

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  1. Chidinma

    Mr writer,your pocket money must not be 50k,I used 10k in 2013 batch c in rivers state,and survived ,and also have balance.depends how you can manage, the camp food is not that bad.

  2. nicholas

    It’s very informative o and am. A prospective batch A stream 2 corper. Thanks for the info 08067050116

  3. Rachael

    I dnt tink WACE, NECO n Admission letter r needed. I stand corrected pls.

    1. You are right. Will effect the correction in a subsequent post

  4. wendypearl

    please, i am a prospective batch B corper, i want to find out if mobilization of names for batch B have started. any important information can reach me via this no 08022961603 and i work here in lagos just want to know how to go about it. thanks

  5. wilcox nimenibo

    mr Admin tnc for d info very rich. but plz am a Batch B prospective. .do u kn wen we will go?wil de do it
    stream A and B? or is it still possible dis yr? I hed is November/December tnx.

  6. idris habib Godwin

    I just graduated ds year, pls wich is bycycle allowance?

    1. Bicycle allowance is 1500 which would be given to you at the end of your stay at the camp


    About the document issue is there any need 4 me 2 go to camp wit my secondary sch. certificate

    1. yes, your waec certificate. Just take them just in case

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  9. good write up..thanks alot

  10. woko

    nice write up

  11. admin he about statement of result for my neck cuz I hv nt collected my certificate yet

    1. neco I mean

    2. During my time, i used statement of result for my university degree, but if it is waec or neco, it must be the certificate

  12. Regina Ezeofor

    Very informative.I have learnt a lot.

  13. David

    Amin I misplaced my Student ID and i schooled outside the country, is that going to be a problem for me ?

    1. Honestly, i wouldn’t know but during my time, it was used, contact your school to get another one just in case

  14. razo

    nice one bro, keep it up.

  15. Onyinye

    The statement of result required, is it @d university’s level or SSCE(waec/neco)???…. And also pls, d needed passport dts abt 50 in no. u wrote, must it be with a particular background?

    1. I used my university statement of result during my time and the passport background was red

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  18. Abdussalam shehu ibrahim

    Please what i want ask is regarding the issue of passport,for god sake what am i going to do with up to 50 passport? is it not too much?

    1. I carried thirty passport in my time because you will need all those passports to fill series of forms. Just have the fifty just in case

  19. joseph

    I have my uni certificate with me and my school collected the I. d card. please just want to know if it will not be an issue

    1. Midodo

      Yes please. I also need to knw abt this. I have the same issue. Anyone??

  20. Chike Mayor Ekene

    Thanks for your informations, keep it up.

  21. haastrup

    Admin my question is if d background of d passport is white, can we put on any colour of cloth?

  22. aduragbemi

    am aduragbemi, i just finish dis year, my question is, if av been mobilized nd av registered online, also made payment for my callup letter. can I deferred it to the next batch? what are it consequences?

  23. Nice tips – very useful for prospective corpers (like me). Can’t wait to go for service next year.

  24. christiana

    very healthy information,thank you.

  25. Rita

    Tnx Alot

  26. Oka Calista Ngozi

    This Information is very important keep it on. What I want to know regard of the document ar we to photocopy each document 20 copies and the 50 passports before the Camp or can we do it within the camp to save much stress

    1. Do it before the camp because within the camp might be expensive

  27. Amadi Michael

    Thanks for the Information

  28. kunteno kaino

    I misplaced my school Id card and the school said they don’t have materials to provide another one,what is the way out please?

    1. its best you do another one that looks like it because its very important for NYSC

  29. Jack

    Is it true that one must fill one states plus one northern state?

  30. Priscilla

    Please o what are we going to do with 50000 naira, it too much na

  31. Ernest Fie Haruna

    Mr Admin i Crown ur effort on this piece, frienz and fellow respondents, his estimates are not bad it just a way of giving novice a wider picture and idea of hw this exercise tastes like so pls just be prepared in order to save ur head ooooooooooooooooooooooh

  32. Chukwuebuka Ogbuchi

    Thanks for this article, it full of information one need to know beforw going inside the Nysc Camp

  33. Ifunanyachi

    I Love the exposure so in addition let all your documents be in original copies not photocopy i.e dont leave ur original copy at home and travel with photocopy..

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