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Showcase Event signup deadline extended!

We are keeping the sign up deadline for the spring Showcase Event open for a few more days! The signup form will now close on Midnight, February 12, 2020. For more information and to sign up, check out the Showcase Event page.

Appraiser Training Program Announced

As part of Pennsylvania Destination Imagination’s continual effort to provide the highest quality tournament for our teams, we want to ensure we have dedicated, trained volunteers filling the roles of appraisers. To that end, we will be holding 2 different training events, in addition to a 60-90 minute online training series. These trainings will be:

  • February 29, at Renaissance Academy in Phoenixville (starting at 9:00 AM and concluding after the Showcase event) – we are strongly encouraging appraisers to attend this event if possible – this will give more hands on/real world experience working with teams!
  • March 21, at Elizabethtown High School (starting at 8:00 AM immediately prior to the Affiliate tournament)

For more information on this training program, and to volunteer as an appriser or in another tournament role, please check out our Appraiser/Volunteer Registration page! Please note that volunteer registration closes on February 28th.

3 HUGE announcements!

We have 3 HUGE announcements to share with our Pennsylvania DI family…

Announcement #1…

We have launched a “Team Resource” area to provide teams and team managers with tips, tricks, and places to find valuable resources and information. Everything from a checklist to guide your season to places to download practice instant challenges. To find the Team Resources, just look for the “Team Resources” menu at the top of the screen!


Announcement #2…

Details for our Skills Workshop/Training Event have been released and are now live on our Training Event page (it can also be found by clicking on the “Get Involved” menu at the top of the page). This event will be held on January 18th in Garnet Valley, PA. Details on the event can be found on that page, including the link to sign up to participate. We hope to see you there and learning lots of great DI skills!


Announcement #3…

We have also released the details for our FIRST EVER SHOWCASE EVENT! This is brand new to Pennsylvania DI, and will be a great opportunity to give our Pennsylvania teams more opportunities to practice and prepare for their scored performances at the Affiliate Tournament. This event will be held on February 29th in Phoenixville, PA. More information on why your team should come to the Showcase, what to expect there, and how to sign up can be found on our Team Showcase page (it can be found by clicking on the “Get Involved” menu under Tournaments). We hope to see you and your teams there!

2020 Registration now live!

Our registration system for the 2020 Affiliate Tournament is now LIVE! This includes both the Tournament Registration (for teams) and the Appraiser/Volunteer Registration sites. You can also find these pages under the “Get Involved” menu from our home page.

Please note the following due dates:

  • Team Tournament Registration closes at midnight on Friday, February 21st
    • This includes providing team provided appraiser information
  • Teams must have paid their tournament registration fees by Friday, February 28th
  • Appraiser and Volunteer Registration closes at midnight on Friday, February 28th

Please contact the Tournament Director if you have any questions about the registration process.

Haven’t picked out a challenge yet? Check out the Challenge Previews!

If your team is still thinking about what challenge you want to solve this year, don’t worry – you still have plenty of time! And to help you out, check out the Challenges page of our website, which has summaries and key points of interest about each challenge, as well as a short video to provide an overview. You can also check out the DI First Look document which has even more information to help you select which challenge to solve this year! But don’t worry…which ever challenge you pick to solve, make it your own and have fun with it!

2019-2020 season kicks off!

The Pennsylvania Creative Problem Solvers (PA-CPS)/Pennsylvania Destination Imagination (PADI) are excited that the new season has now officially begun!

With the official start of the new season on August 1st, teams are already purchasing membership numbers for this new season – and we hope to see YOUR team on that list soon. In addition to our growing list of teams this year, we have some exciting news and information to share with our teams…

    This year, we will be hosting 2 events for teams in advance of the Affiliate Tournament – a team training/skills day, and brand new this year, we will be hosting our first ever Team Showcase event! This will be an opportunity for teams to present their challenge solutions in a low-stress, non-appraised event while getting practice and experience presenting before a live audience! Look for more information on our Calendar page for times, locations, and registration information.
    To help prepare teams for the Tournament and ensure a safe, secure, and fair tournament season, we have developed a Policies and Procedures page – we encourage ALL teams, team managers, parents, and appraisers to be familiar with the information on this page, especially our PACPS/PADI Youth Protection Policy.
    To stay up to date on all of our PADI happenings, we encourage you to look to the following resources:

      • The website News page – this is where we will post breaking news, important information, and key announcements about the upcoming season.
      • The website Calendar page – this is where we will post dates, times, locations and registration information for upcoming events and activities.
      • The PADI Facebook page – this is where we will post PADI and DI Headquarters information including state and national/global events, event information, and tips and tricks to help your team out through the upcoming season

Finally, we are so thrilled to announce that the Pennsylvania Creative Problem Solvers (the Pennsylvania Affiliate organization of Destination Imagination, Inc.) has been recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information about this and how it impacts our program, check out our About PACPS page.

We look forward to a great season, and hope to see you all there!

Training Event CANCELED

Please note that the appraiser training event on March 16 has been CANCELED. Appraisers will be contacted regarding training on the morning of the tournament. Please contact Andy Pickett with any questions.

PADI has instant challenge resources!

Instant challenges are an important part of the DI experience, and teams should be familiar with a wide range of IC styles – whether performance based, task based, communication focused, or some combination of types. But did you know that Instant Challenges can help introduce some of the concepts teams will face in their Team Challenges as well?

A group of talented DI alumni have developed a series of Instant Challenges that correspond to the 6 Team Challenge types. These ICs will introduce your team to a wide range of instant challenge and team challenge skills. Try one or try them all! Click here to download the IC set.

Additionally, Pennsylvania DI has put together kits for teams that include many of the items required for the ICs from the set, based on this resource list. The items listed with “yes” or “In PA Tool kit” come in our kit, so no more searching for the right number of toothpicks and other random bits and pieces. And guess what….it’s free! We just ask that you cover the cost of shipping the kit to your home or school. For more information or to order your kit, please email Diana Baldi at

Skills Training Day Announced

Pennsylvania DI is happy to announce our 2019 Skills Training Day! This will be an opportunity for teams (or those thinking about joining DI) to learn a variety of Instant Challenge and Team Challenge skills. Teams or groups of students will be able to participate in multiple instant challenges of different types, as well as sit in on workshops teaching such skills as improv/thinking on your feet, script writing, and performing. Teams will end the day by participating in a “challenge read through” with their challenge master or other challenge expert – this is a great opportunity for teams to develop a better understanding of their selected challenge!

The training will be Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (and lunch will be provided). The training will be held at Bethel Springs Elementary School, 3280 Foulk Rd, Garnet Valley, PA 19060.

The training is FREE to any team who has a valid 2018-2019 membership number. If your team has not yet purchased your membership number, or if you are coming just to find out more about the DI experience, there will be a nominal fee of $5 per person to cover the cost of lunch.

If you are planning on attending, please REGISTER HERE; while registration is not mandatory, we ask you to use this to let us know you are coming by January 10th to ensure we have enough supplies and food. Please contact Andy Pickett at if you have any questions.

Pennsylvania DI Welcomes 2 new programs!

Pennsylvania DI is pleased to welcome 2 new programs to the PADI family: Athens Area School District in Athens PA (Tioga County) and Garnet Valley School District in Garnet Valley (Chester County). We are excited to have them as we continue to grow the program here in PA.

A special “congratulations” to Athens Area School District, who was the first program to purchase their team number for the 2018-2019 season! However, it’s still not too late to join in on the fun! Please contact us if you are interested in starting a team for this season and joining these two programs!