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Start A Team

How to Start a DI Team

  1. Purchase Team Materials from Destination Imagination, Inc. - - Purchase a Team Materials on line at Shop DI OR request an application form from the State Director. Choose the size of Team Pak you plan to buy. You may renew or apply for a new team pak.  (If you are renewing it is best to use the same school/sponsoring organization name(s) you used last year. All teams will be issued new Team numbers this year.)
  2. The fee for a single team is $125 (printed and digital sets of program materials or $105 (digital sets only) . Volume purchases of five or more teams at the same time cost $95 per team. In addition there is a $50 Montana Affiliate fee for each team. (See below for what the affiliate fee covers. These fees are paid to Destination ImagiNation, Inc.  You must purchase a team number before you can download any of the Challenges, Rules of the Road, or Guides.
  3. Check out Shop DI for additional materials to help team managers with team management and Instant Challenges.
  4. Recruit Team Managers and form teams. Team Managers can be anyone - parents, teachers, and community members. Training materials and workshops are available.
  5. Once teams are formed they choose a challenge, work on finding a solution to the long term challenge, and pactice solving instant challenges. Teams must register for the tournament by January 15.  (See below for tournament fees.)

Benefits of a DI

  • Easy to administer
  • Low cost. A single team fee is $125 for one team or  $95 per team if you purchase 5 or more teams at the same time.The Affiliate Fee is $50 per team. The State Tournament and Event Fee is $50 per team. Parents usually pay a participation fee for their child to help cover the state fee.
  • High academic achievement is not essential for successful participation.
  • DI is more than a competition. Teams receive complete copies of the Challenges and Guide books, as well as online access to download them from the internet. The challenge materials can also help integrate creative problem solving into the classroom.

Even young students (K-2) can participate on a non-competitive basis.

What Do You Get for Your Money


Destination Imagination Program Material Fees
(Paid to Destination Imagination)

$125 for 1 team plus $50 Affiliate Fee (see below)

A volumbe purchase of 5 or more teams at the same time will cost $95 per team plus the $50 per team Affiliate Fee (see below)

The cost of Early Learner Program Materials is $75 for printed and digital or $65 for digital only program materials.  Early Learner teams must also pay the $50 Affiliate Fee and may register for the State Tournament.

  • A hard copy and a CD with all program materials (PC and Mac Compatible)
  • All six challenges plus the Non-competitive Challenge
  • Rule book
  • Team Manager and Coordinator Guides
  • Access to Challenge Clarifications
  • DI E-Newsletter
  • Opportunity for each team to participate in a Regional Competition.

Affiliate Team Fee   $50/team
(paid with Program Material Fee)

  • Training kit(s).
  • Team Manager Trainings
  • Appraiser (Judges) Trainings
  • State Newsletter with articles about creativity, Instant Challenges, Team Building Activities and News about Montana DI.
  • Access to Loan Library of Resource Materials
  • Mailings from State offices
  • Year-round DI information and resources

Team Registration =$50 for teams registered after December 15

$25 Early Bird Discount Fee for teams and appraisers registered by December 15.

All Registrations and Fees are due by January 15.

All refund requests must be in writing. No refunds will be made for any reason after December 15th of the current program year. A full refund, less a $10 administrative fee, will be made within 45 days after the request is received. There are no refunds for no-shows. No team will be scheduled for the tournament without complete registration payment. Signed School Purchase Orders are considered a form of payment.

  • Awards and Certificates
  • Participation in State Competition