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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!

Did you know PADI was award winning??

In May of 2018, Pennsylvania DI took home the Destination Imagination “Extraordinary Growth and Impact” award – and not just for the first time, but for the second year in a row!

This award is a testament to the tremendous growth of the program in Pennsylvania over the last several years. In 2016, PADI had less than 10 teams…in 2018, we had 33 teams, and held the largest PA Affiliate Tournament in many years. We appreciate the hard work of our Board of Directors, our volunteers, and especially the coordinators and team managers who have helped us make this growth possible. We look forward to growing the program in the years to come, and are excited every time we see a new team or school experience the value that DI can bring.

If you or someone you know might be interested in starting a team – and helping us go for our third “Extraordinary Growth and Impact” award, please let us know!

Join Us for an Informational Night in Elizabethtown

Interested in learning more about DI? Considering starting a team? Come join us for an informational night for parents and students interested in Destination Imagination. There will be information for Elizabethtown students, and for those from other school districts. Come and learn about starting a team, selecting your challenge, and being part of this great program! Check out the event page on our calendar for more information. 

Season and Tournament Information

This is it…the moment you’ve been waiting for! All the juicy details for our 2019 season – locations, registration information, and tournament dates. And they are all right here on our newly revamped website!

  • Check out our Calendar of Events for dates, times, and locations!
  • Check out our Tournaments page for details on the 2019 Affiliate Tournament, including Registration Information!
  • Want a handy guide to help you out throughout the season? Take a look at our Checklist for Teams!
  • Have questions? Remember our Contact Us page for information on getting a hold of our team.

And remember…the most important thing…is to have a great season! Our team of volunteers are so proud of the growth of our Pennsylvania Affiliate, and look forward to even bigger, better, and more exciting things this year! If you know of any programs who may be interested in starting a team, please pass along their information to us and we will reach out to them.


2019 Season Kickoff

On September 1, Destination Imagination officially kicked off the 2018-2019 season. Team Numbers are now available for purchase, and Pennsylvania DI encourages teams to start their season early! There are a few changes coming for the season that the DI Board of Directors want to make our teams aware:

  • DI Headquarters are ONLY providing digital copies of the challenges and materials this year – no materials will be mailed to team manager
  • The DI Headquarters cost for all team numbers is $105. In addition, Pennsylvania DI will include a $35 affiliate fee – this will go towards the training and other events we hope you team will take advantage of throughout the year
  • The tournament registration fee for the 2019 affiliate tournament has increased to $50
  • DI Headquarters has announced a change in venue for Global Finals 2019 – this year’s Global Finals will take place in Kansas City, MO