PCYC NSW is Australia’s pre-eminent youth organisation working with Police and community to empower young people to reach their potential.

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About Us

PCYC was established in 1937 by Police Commissioner William John Mackay. It was a partnership forged with the community via Rotary to provide young people with a safe and positive alternative to the streets. Today, we operate more than 64 clubs and centres through the state, with more than 100,000 members and more than 140 different activities – one of the largest youth organisations in Australia.

Blue Star Citizenship – First Year

Citizenship is the first step in the young person’s leadership journey with PCYC NSW. Participants are required to attend two camps and complete 20hrs of volunteering in between at the participants local PCYC. We aim for the volunteering within the club to be a fun and positive experience for the young person, exposing them to more of what we do and how they can contribute back to their local communities.

Citizenship camps are challenging but fun, and focus on team building, individual character building, citizenship values and an introduction into what PCYC NSW is, what we do and what can be achieved. At the completion of a Citizenship program, the young person will have gained their First Aid Certificate and will have completed 2 modules of the Certificate 1 in Active Volunteering: 1. Be an effective volunteer 2. Participate in Workplace Health & Safety.

Blue Star Leadership – Second Year

Blue Star Citizenship must be successfully completed before an application can be taken to attend our Blue Star Leadership level.

Leadership participants are required to attend 3 consecutive camps (January, April & July) and complete a minimum of 30hrs of volunteering between the camps at their local PCYC. A minimum of 10hrs of volunteering is required to be in the office as this contributes to the remainder of the Certificate 1 in Active Volunteering. The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze level award will be completed throughout this program, and a project will be completed within the participants local PCYC (all projects to be discussed and approved by managers beforehand).

Leadership camps will be challenging and a lot of fun. It will include a mix of leadership workshops and team building activities, we will also be completing the adventurous journeys for the Duke of Edinburgh award in the first two camps. The participants will complete the remaining modules of the Certificate 1 in Active Volunteering between camps (either online or via their workbook), along with 3 modules of the Certificate II in Community Activities. They will be given the tools and resources to complete their project throughout the program.

Our Mission

We get young people active in life.
We develop their skills, character and leadership.
We reduce and prevent crime by and against young people.

Core Values


Work to achieve the best for your community.


Look for the positives in every situation.


Be determined and see things through.


Live out your values.


Respect yourself and others.