Hello guys, I know i have not been consistent but please bear with me. I will try my best to do better but I’m here to make it to up to you by sharing with you, my NYSC camp experience! You are sure going to enjoy reading this!
Ok so i just finished serving this country last month!And I must say, it was one hell of a ride. But I’m going to share my NYSC Camp experience i.e “the three weeks” orientation exercise. I got posted to Black gold camp in kaduna state. Yeah, kaduna state! I mean,i think kaduna was God’s chosen state for me. I was posted there for stream one but due to the crisis that happened at kaduna during that period, we were automatically moved to stream 2! At that time, i did all I could so the state could change and I thought it had worked out but guys, i was still posted to kaduna!
My parents were a lot scared for me as i set out to leave for kaduna! It was a road trip and it was somewhere I had never been to. And prior to that, i had never gone anywhere on my own! But i was like you know what ” I got this!”. I really cannot be a baby forever, I needed to make adult moves!
I arrived at kaduna on the 15th of November but i didn’t go to camp until the 16th because my uncle wanted to show me round kaduna so I could decide if I really wanted to stay. It wasn’t a bad sight-seeing at all. On the 16th of November, we left for camp! I was wearing a very big sweater with a blue jean underneath and my fanny pack strapped around my waist. My uncle and I arrived at the gate and my uncle being a soldier felt it was okay to drive inside the premises but the soldiers at the gate a.k.a quarter guards respectfully told him he could not as it was not permissible. He parked at the gateside and helped me offload my luggages, it was a medium sized traveling bag and another small-sized bag! I was really struggling with carrying the two bags and one the soldiers asked me open the bigger bag so they could check if I didn’t come along with contraband! It was really hard for me to close my bag after they slightly scattered my well- arranged bag by my mummy. The soldiers made slight jest of me “Na butter child this one be o”, “your uncle still dey follow you go camp”, ” nawa o, i sure say them dey baff you” , those were the words coming out from them and it got me annoyed a bit!
I cannot tell this story without mentioning a God-sent from camp. As soon as I entered the camp , a lot of people rushed out to me. Yeah incase you don’t know , when you arrive at the NYSC camp, you will find many people trying to assist you with your luggage and then you tip them after! A lot of people came towards me but i just chose her, just like that! And she really made my stay at the NYSC camp bearable! I could call her at anytime and she would show up almost immediately, she would go to mammy market to get me everything I needed. I pray she also finds God’s favour and grace anytime she needs it!
Now I think if I continue with this story, it’s going to be a bit long so I’m going to highlight the spectacular things that you need to know!
1. MAKE FRIENDS!
I cannot stress this enough, the NYSC camp will drain you, you need friends you can go through all the stress together. The friends i made in Nysc camp made my stay really worthwhile. Despite all the stress, we still had a lot of fun. Friends that would keep seats for you, friends that would give you their laps to sleep on during SAED classes, friends that would buy you food, friends that would get you things at mammy market when you are too tired! Odun, Queen, Chinemerem , i surely will never forget you guys!
Guys you need money! Especially if you won’t eat the food provided at camp! I don’t think i fully ate the food at all as it was tasteless for me. Maybe it was tasteful sometimes, I didn’t know but I just stopped eating after the first trial. I bought food all throughout my stay and it was a lot of money guys. But if you will be comfortable with the food, you might not need a lot of money. Also they sell a lot nice things at affordable prices and you might want to get them.
3. CAMP ACTIVITIES
Hey God!!! Please don’t tell anybody but I didn’t really do anything at camp yet i was always tired. Even when i tried to be useful and march for my platoon, the platoon officer told me I could not march and I should not bother. Imagine o, i really wanted to serve my nation but who was i to refuse?? So I joined the Red cross group ! Lol the red cross group usually consists of the lazy bones among the corp members. It was a hideout for most of us, i mean we cannot all be unserious, some people were really passionate. So it’s not like I’m a bad child o but if you want to avoid camp activities, join the Red Cross group immediately!
4. TOILET AND BATHROOM
Lol if you know you know! Horrible! Well they tried their best in cleaning them but some people still mess it up! Imagine waking up all cranky and then still having to make contact with someone else’s 💩 poo. Disgusting right? It was one of the things that frustrated me the most! I tried my best not to poo for like a week but my stomach was like “NO FAM!” I don’t mean to disgust you but it was a lot of poo😂 ! And i did not use the toilet so i will leave you to find out what i used. Don’t ask me please .
One other thing I struggled with was bathing alongside other people. Mind you, i was not used to bathing with people so it was really hard. Lol, I would wait patiently for people to leave the bathroom so I could have my bath but it wasn’t to my advantage as I would have to rush to get dressed. No one told me before I started joining other girls to bath outside the bathroom. Camp would humble you!
5. MORNING AlARMS
Oh my God! This was what i hated the most! It was really annoying and you have no choice but to get up. I remember one day, i stood up and started crying. I was like ” why am I going through all these?” But of course it didn’t stop them from ringing it every other morning. I’m sure I would still hate if i was to go again.
6. NO FORMING!
Hello ma, Hello sir, please if you are the arrogant type and like to form, please just leave your pride in your house. You are going to regret it. Lol camp life will even humble you. When the soldiers ask everyone to sit on a dirty floor and you have no choice than to obey them, or when the sun turn you into charcoal. Lol . Also soldiers are very nice until you are rude to them. I made so many soldier friends .
7. FINDING LOVE AT CAMP
LOl! Well it’s possible, but not advisable. I suggest you wait until after camp before you start falling in love. If they still contact you after camp, then i say congratulations ! NYSC camp is an enclosed space that might make you think you are in- love😉.
8. SAED LECTURES : Never ever have i heard of someone enjoying SAED lectures. 5 hours of boredom and it’s compulsory! And some people would still fight for space in the front when people like me are still looking for a perfect space at the back so I could sleep. This is me reaching out to NYSC officials, 5 hours lecture is too long abeg, anything after an hour can never enter my head . Even if someone would pay me a million dollars to go back to camp, I would not consider because of these SAED lectures. Well maybe I might consider 😂
9. CAMP CARNIVAL, SOCIAL NIGHTS AND PLATOON COMPETITIONS!
Okay so these are events you would most likely enjoy at camp. It is during event you would see people smile and laugh till their cheek hurts. My platoon won the MR AND MISS NYSC. The MISS NYSC is my friend and i was her chaperone so kudos to me☺️! I can say that i really enjoyed all three mentioned above.
So that was how my NYSC camp life went. I would give it a 50 out of 100. I mean if not anything, i can now adapt to any situation i find myself in. So let me know what your camp experience was like in the comment section.
Also let me know if you enjoyed reading and please share with your friends and prospective corp members as it might help. God bless you!