Frequently Asked Questions

The State Director is a volunteer position. Currently the State office is the Affiliate Director's house. The Affiliate Director is a full time teacher, so there are no set office hours. Please leave a phone message, send a text or an e-mail.  All of these are checked throughout the day. In your message indicate a good time to call you if needed. The phone number for the Affiliate Director is 406-233-9855. The e-mail is montanacq@mt-di.org

Where you live will determine who your Regional Representative is. Go to the Contacts page and refer to the map to determine which region is yours. Then refer to the table above the map to find your Regional Representative and the contact information.  Not all regions have a representive on the Board of Directors.

No. Destination Imagination® is a parallel program to Odyssey of the Mind. Both programs are creative problem solving programs. The Montana Destination Imagination Board of Directors chose to run the Destination Imagination® program. If you have questionas about the difference between the two programs please write to Montana Destination Imagination.

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Team Paks may be purchased for an individual school or organization or multiple schools or organizations such as recognized community organizations that serve children such as, Boy Scout Troops and Girl Scout Troops, 4-H clubs, PTA/PTOs, YMCA, and Boys and Girls Club.

The cost is for one to four teams is $125 per team plus a Montana Affiliate fee of $50 per team.

Volume purchases for five or more teams at the same time will be $95 per team plus the Montana Affiliate Fee of $50 per team. This includes all program materials and the affiliate fee for trainings, workshops, mailings, and mentoring. Rising Stars team fees are $125 per team ( includes Affiliate Fee)

If you have questions on whether your school district or organization qualifies for a volume discount please contact Montana Destination ImagiNation. Do not let this restriction keep your students from participating. Call us or e-mail us and we will discuss your situation to determine what is best for your students.

Yes! Destination Imagination is open to commuity groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, PTAs/PTOs, 4H, home school programs, parent groups, or organizations who wish to sponsor a team or group of teams.

Your Team ID Number will come in the mailing with your program materials and also will be e-mailed to you once your membership fee is paid. If you lose it or can not find it write to the State Director and request your Team ID Number(s).

With each Team-Pack you receive a team number frim Destination Imagination, there are no restrictions on how many teams your organization may have but each team that registers for tournament must have its own team number. If you have more than one team that wishes to compete, they each must have their own unique assigned team number.  There is no limit to how many teams from your organization may do the same challenge at any given level but no two teams may use the same team number.

If you purchase Program Materials for one to four teams the cost will be is $175 per team. Volume purchases for five or more teams at the same time will be $145 per team. This includes all program materials and the affiliate fee of $50 for trainings, workshops, mailings, and mentoring. Rising Stars team fees are $125 per team. If you are purchasing less than five Team Packs you can choose to have only digital copies of the Program Materials for a cost of $155 (this still includes the $50 Affiliate Fee)

There is also a per team tournament fee of $50 which is paid to Montana Destination Imagination. This is for each team which is registered to participate in the Montana Tournament. There is no additional fee for workshops or training materials.

You will need to complete the Montana Destination Imagination Tournament Registration form online. (Make sure you have created a log in then click on Team Registration under Registrationson the sidebar.) Teams must complete their team and appraiser registrations by December 15th to qualify for the Early Bird Discount fee of $25. Teams registered after December 15 will be charged the regular tournament fee of $50.  Your Appraiser must also be Registered by December 15 if you want the "Early Bird" fee.You will receive an invoice for your tournament fees when your registrations are received. Print out the confirmation of your registration for your records. If you should have questions contact MTDI  Don't forget you need to register your appraiser for your registration to be complete. Your appraisers must be willing to come to the state tournament.

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 an 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.

There are two ways you can purchase Destination Imagination®Team Program Materials.

1) Electronically at Shop DI

Click on Start a Team in the right hand column. If you already have a ShopDI account, log in after clicking on "Start A Team".  If you do not have a ShopDI account, you'll be prompted to create an account and be taken through the checkout process.

  1. Go to www.shopdi.org and click on "Start A Team". 
  2. On the resulting screen, select your Affiliate (state, province, or country), enter the desired name of your sponsoring organization. (If you had team paks last year you may use the same organization name again.)
  3. When you've completed those options, press the "Add to My Cart" button and your team pack  configuration will be added to your ShopDI shopping cart.
  4. Feel free to browse the rest of the store and add any other items you wish to purchase. When you are ready to complete your order, press the Checkout button. If you have not logged into the ShopDI system or do not have a Shop DI Account, you will be prompted to log in or set up an account at this point.

TIP: The Check Out will allow you to select your payment type - Credit Card, Check, or Purchase Order. (The default is credit card.) If you do not pay by credit card, you must remember to print off your order receipt and send it along with your payment to Destination ImagiNation, Inc. headquarters. (If you are using a Purchase Order you may fax it and the receipt to Destination Imagination, Inc. headquarters. This receipt is available at the order completion screen, from the "My Account" page, and is sent via e-mail automatically. You will not receive instructions on how to download the challenges until payment is received. We strongly recommend using a credit card, as it is the fastest route to obtaining a membership.

 

 

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2) Via Fax or Mail

You may download a PDF version of the Start A Team Application Form or request one from Montana Destination Imagination. Decide how many teams you want to have. Print out the form, complete and send it with your method of payment to: Destination ImagiNation, Inc., P. O. Box 547, Glassboro, NJ 08028NOTE: Destination Imagination will collect an additional fee of $50 per team for Montana Destination ImagiNation. Click Here for more information on these fees.

No. Your team may not add team members between tournaments for any reason, even if your team does not have seven team members. Adding team members between tournaments will result in disqualification as a competitive team. Your team may still present but will not be scored.

Once your team has begun working on the Team Challenge solution, you may add team members up to a maximum of seven until you submit your registration roster to your first tournament. After your team has registered for the fi rst tournament but before competing, you may add team members with the permission of the Tournament Director, but only if you have not previously reached seven team members.

Your team may not replace team members after the total number of members has reached seven, even if a team member quits, moves away or is unable to attend the tournament for any reason. If a team member moves away, that person is still considered part of your team and may still compete with the team if she or he is able. Replacing team members after the total number of members has reached seven will result in disqualifi cation as a competitive team. Your team may still present but will not be scored. 

If your team has not started discussing a solution for the
Central (long term) Challenge then yes, you may replace lost members.
If you have already begun to discuss your solution to the
Central Challenge you may not replace the team member(s) who dropped.
These dropped team members must remain on your roster.
If you had less than seven at the time, then you may add
members until your total with the dropped members equals seven.

Your team may recruit up to seven team members. Only the original team members (up to seven) are allowed to work on the Team Challenge solution.

Team Paks may be purchased for an individual school or organization or multiple schools or organizations such as recognized community organizations that serve children such as, Boy Scout Troops and Girl Scout Troops, 4-H clubs, PTA/PTOs, YMCA, and Boys and Girls Club.

The cost is for one to four teams is $125 per team plus a Montana Affiliate fee of $50 per team.

Volume purchases for five or more teams at the same time will be $95 per team plus the Montana Affiliate Fee of $50 per team. This includes all program materials and the affiliate fee for trainings, workshops, mailings, and mentoring. Rising Stars team fees are $125 per team ( includes Affiliate Fee)

If you have questions on whether your school district or organization qualifies for a volume discount please contact Montana Destination ImagiNation. Do not let this restriction keep your students from participating. Call us or e-mail us and we will discuss your situation to determine what is best for your students.

The level at which you compete is determined by the oldest student on your team.

LEVEL GRADE AGE
RISING STARS! Kindergarten-2nd 5-9
ELEMENTARY Kindergarten-5th less than 12 on
June 15 of the program year.
MIDDLE 6th-8th less than 15 on
June 15 of the program year.
SECONDARY 9th-12th less than 19 on
June 15 of the program year.
UNIVERSITY All team members must be enrolled full-time in a college/university or technical school. College teams may not recruit younger students who have not finished high school or equivalent.

With each Team-Pack you receive a team number frim Destination Imagination, there are no restrictions on how many teams your organization may have but each team that registers for tournament must have its own team number. If you have more than one team that wishes to compete, they each must have their own unique assigned team number.  There is no limit to how many teams from your organization may do the same challenge at any given level but no two teams may use the same team number.

It takes a lot of people to run a tournament.  We may ask each team to supply a volunteer to help with the many tasks that make the tournament run smoothly.  Most of these tasks are only for a couple of hours or less and we try to schedule people so they will still be able to see their teams perform. These volunteers are in addition to the appraiser each team must provide.

Appraisers must be trained to work at a Tournament.  If you can find another trained Appraiser then ask him or her to represent your team.  Since we are currently not holding Regional showcases, it is important that the Appraiser you recruit will be able to come to state.  If you really cannot find someone, ask your Regional Representative for names of Appraisers and Past Team Managers whom you might contact It is not fair to the teams to not have enough Appraisers at a tournament.  If you are still having problems, contact the State Office and see if they can help you.

The dates for DI events are based on site availability. Since most sites are donated or only charge custodial fees tournament dates must be scheduled around other activities that also use the site.

You will need to complete the Montana Destination Imagination Tournament Registration form online. (Make sure you have created a log in then click on Team Registration under Registrationson the sidebar.) Teams must complete their team and appraiser registrations by December 15th to qualify for the Early Bird Discount fee of $25. Teams registered after December 15 will be charged the regular tournament fee of $50.  Your Appraiser must also be Registered by December 15 if you want the "Early Bird" fee.You will receive an invoice for your tournament fees when your registrations are received. Print out the confirmation of your registration for your records. If you should have questions contact MTDI  Don't forget you need to register your appraiser for your registration to be complete. Your appraisers must be willing to come to the state tournament.

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 an 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.

There are three scholarships available to Montana high school seniors who participated in Destination ImagiNation for at least two years.

  1. The Montana Destination ImagiNation Scholarship is for Montana students only.
  2. The MudDI Waters Scholarship is open to students from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Each scholarship is for $500. Forms are available on the scholarship page link.
  3. The DISC Scholarship is open to high school seniors and college students.

For a list of the past Challenges and Problems Click Here. 

No. Destination Imagination® is a parallel program to Odyssey of the Mind. Both programs are creative problem solving programs. The Montana Destination Imagination Board of Directors chose to run the Destination Imagination® program. If you have questionas about the difference between the two programs please write to Montana Destination Imagination.