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If you are a prospective corps member (PCM) who has been mobilized for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program, you might be wondering how to prepare for the orientation camp.

The orientation camp is a three-week training program that introduces you to the NYSC scheme, its objectives, and its activities. It is also a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, and have fun.

However, the orientation camp can also be challenging, especially if you are not well prepared. You might have some questions about what to expect, what to bring, and how to cope with the camp environment.

In this blog post, we will answer some of the most common questions that PCMs have about the orientation camp and give you some tips on how to make the most of your experience.

Will I be allowed to enter camp before the reporting date?

Yes, you will be allowed to enter NYSC Orientation Camp if you go a day before the official camp opening date. NYSC understands that some people will be coming from very far places. So they will make a provision to accommodate prospective Corps members if they arrive a day before the camp opening date.

However, do not expect free camp food if you arrive earlier before the camp opening date. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to starve your tommy? Don’t worry you can buy food from Mammy market (a market inside the NYSC Orientation Camp) or go with agege bread.

Must I Report to Camp the Date on My NYSC Call Up Letter?

Your call up letter is an important document that shows your state of deployment, your stream, and your reporting date. You should print it out and keep it safe. You will need it to register at the camp and get your kit.

The reporting date on your call up letter is the official date that the orientation camp opens for your stream. You are expected to report to camp on that date or within two days after that date. If you report later than that, you might face some challenges or penalties.

For example, you might miss some important lectures, drills, or activities. You might also have difficulties in getting your kit, especially if your size is not available. You might also be marked as absent or late by the camp officials, which could affect your allowance or posting.

Therefore, it is advisable to report to camp on the date on your call up letter or as soon as possible after that date. However, if you have a genuine reason for being late, such as illness, accident, or family emergency, you should inform the NYSC officials and provide evidence of your situation. You might be pardoned or given a grace period to join the camp.

Can I be late to NYSC camp?

Yes, you can be late to camp to the extent that soldiers will not allow you to enter again. The grace period of lateness ends after the 3rd day orientation camp officially opened.

Although you might still be allowed to enter camp after 4th or more days. But my friend, you will need give a very strong reason with evidence; if not, soldiers will kick you out. If you can’t make it to NYSC camp on the exact day it opened, you can go 2nd or 3rd day after.

For example; if camp opens on the 10th, you can still go on the 11th or 12th. Any day past these days, you will need a strong reason with evidence to prove your lateness.

What is the best time to enter Camp?

The best time to enter camp is on the first day or early in the morning of the second day. This way, you will have enough time to register, get your kit, settle in your hostel, and familiarize yourself with the camp environment. You will also not miss any important lectures, drills, or activities that are part of the orientation program.

Entering camp early will also give you an advantage in choosing your platoon and making friends with other PCMs. You will also have more time to enjoy the facilities and services available in the camp, such as sports, entertainment, medical care, and so on.

However, if you cannot enter camp early due to some unavoidable circumstances, do not panic or lose hope. You can still catch up with the program and make the best of your experience. Just make sure you follow the instructions of the camp officials and participate actively in all the activities.

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