Here we will discuss in details eleven (11) things you should avoid in the NYSC Orientation Camp. Before you take that step to the National Youth Service Corps Orientation Camp, prepare your mind that you are heading to a semi-military camp where rules are strictly followed.
Apart from the NYSC bye-laws, there are other certain things that Corps Members (CMs) are to not avoid while in camp. Some of these things might look so to you, but could get you expelled if you indulge in any of them. The good news is that this post will inform you. Just keep reading.
If you do any of those things while in camp, you would face military judgement. In most cases, decamped/expelled. Even if you see soldiers doing it don’t do because they are not your mate.
Please, try as much as you can to AVOID these things we listed below while in NYSC camp. You can do it in the other place, but in the NYSC camp, it is no no..
11 things you should never do in the NYSC orientation camp
As you prepare for your service year, you need to take your time to study about NYSC; we have NYSC library where you can easily find anything you are looking.
You really need to study about NYSC, to get much acquainted about the journey you about to embark. Below is the list of things you should never do in the NYSC orientation camp:
1. Sex in camp
Do you know that many people take condoms to camp? Some of them have been misinformed by unscrupulous folks who want nothing but to ruin another person’s camp experience. If caught in the act, you name will be ‘sorry’, as that is what many people will be telling you after soldiers finish you. NYSC orientation lasts only for 21 days (3 weeks), so I wonder why some people cannot hold themselves. Mostly, those caught in this ugly act are married women and unmarried boys.
2.Rudeness to Soldiers and other camp Officials
In the NYSC camp, soldiers may not beat any Corps Member no matter what. They can only give you punishment like; Sit on floor, squat, kneeling down, stand under the sun, etc. Also, soldier instructors may not carry gun within the camp, but that does not mean they are toothless lions.
Do not because of that insult any of soldier. If you do, they can decamp you by collecting your “tag number” and NYSC face cap. Yes, there is a number that would be given to you to always wear around your neck, like ID Card. Once you disobey a soldier, they might collect that tag number from you. Without that tag you are already been decamped because that tag is what make you a corper.
Tips: Learn to add ‘Sir’ to all your conversation with a Soldier and NYSC officials, though some soldiers may be far younger than you but always answer “Sir” to them. If they ever collect your “tag number” for little offence, cry and beg them. Do whatever they ask you to do if that would made them to return your “tag number” to you.
3. Lamination of Documents
Please, I want to beg you not to laminate your documents. You are an adult and can keep your documents safe without having to laminate them. Do not laminate your Call-up letter, Green card or Medical certificate. There may be no implications in the NYSC camp if you laminate your statement of results or certificate.
4. Dodging parade
The worst thing that can happen to you in the NYSC orientation camp is when you are caught trying to dodge from participating in the drills. That act is enough to show you the camp exit gate.
Oh! Even from your Institution of graduation, you know very well the implications of fighting with another student! In some schools, fighting carries expulsion as punishment, and in some other schools, it carries up 3 years suspension. In the NYSC camp, fighting carries decamp. So, on no account should you fight with your fellow ‘Otondo’, report anybody that troubles you to Soldiers or NYSC officials, and the person will be dealt with, but if you take law into your hands by fighting, then be ready to be decamped.
Stealing is known to be rampant in the NYSC camp. There are also camp thieves, those who drive joys by stealing any person’s properties. If caught in the act, by considering the damages other camp thieves have done, you will be punished accordingly.
7. Sexual Harassment
This is a very serious mistake that would show you the camp exit gate. Sexual harassment of opposite or the same sex is a crime. Do not harass any girl or boy. It was once reported in the Lagos NYSC camp that a girl grabbed a guy’s banana during “hold something” and led to a serious fight that went viral in on the social media. The lady was later decamped.
Please, if a soldier shout “hold something”, you can hold other part of the body but don’t hold the ‘banana’ in between guys legs or the two oranges on ladies chest. If you do, it will be accounted for you as sexual harassment.
Let me use this opportunity to give some guys tips on to get camp babes.
Start by telling her, “Hello girl, I think you are special, would you mind to be my friend”, then ask for her phone number. From her responses, you would know what next to say. Hang around with her, buy things for her from Mammy market, and always check on her. Great tips I guess, but please don’t think about $ex because you would be decamped if caught.
Don’t let five minutes of pleasure ruin your many years in a higher institution.
Oh my God! This is a very serious offence, not only that you will be decamped but also be immediately transferred to the prison where you would cool your ass. I don’t want to say more on this one because even you know the implication.
9. Drinking Alcohol or smoking
As a big boy or big girl, you would like to take a green bottle or weed because soldiers are doing it.
Although, alcohol, cigarettes, weed etc are being sold in Mami market (market inside camp) but are meant for soldiers and NYSC officials, not for ‘Otondo’ like you . If you are caught drinking or smoking, your name will be ‘sorry’. Don’t say I do not warn you.
10. Jumping the Fence
Some NYSC camps have dwarf walls, but that is not the reason you should jump it. You might get bored in camp activities, and think jumping the camp walls would be cool. But let me tell you, it is the dumbest thing to do. If soldiers, they would disgrace publicly or shoot you thinking you are criminal or even ask you to jump and go but never to return. I wonder why someone would want to jump fence just to peep into the street, while you have only 3 weeks to stay in camp, and would be given a whole 11 months to sleep go round the street.
11. Do not bath, urinate or excrete around, always use the provided bathrooms and toilets in the camp. The bathrooms may be so dirty, and some bad guys defecate on its floor. But always try to manage it that way.
In some camp, female bath outside in the open field, likewise guys. This is camp offence. Make sure soldiers don’t cash you.
12. Fake Documents users
There are many unscrupulous persons that would like to find their ways into the NYSC scheme. They usually bring fake documents to camp. Many have been caught, and some of them are now in prison cooling their ass hole.