Program Costs

Many schools cover the cost of the DI program (outlined below). In other communities, each team member pitches in to cover the costs. Just what are those expenses, and what are they for?

Team Number and Tournament Registration

Registration consists of two separate steps: Obtaining a Team Number and program materials from Destination Imagination headquarters, and registering for NH-DI tournaments. To get started, you will need to purchase your Team Number and program materials from Destination Imagination headquarters. Here are the fees for 2016-2017:

  • Challenge Program teams (grade 3 and above): The purchase price for each team number is $245, which also includes the recently reduced $120.00 NH affiliate fee for regional tournament registration. You can save both money and trees by electing to receive downloadable electronic copies of the program materials. This is $225 per team. There is also a volume discount if your school or organization places an order for 5 or more team numbers. The volume discount price is $215 per team.
  • Rising Stars teams (preschool through grade 2): The purchase price for each Rising Stars team is $170, which also includes the $95.00 NH affiliate fee for regional tournament registration. For electronic copies of the program materials, it’s only $160, and the volume discount price for 5 or more Rising Stars teams is $155 per team.

Once you have purchased a team number, your team should appear in NH-DI’s online registration system within a few days. You will then be able to register for a regional tournament. There are no additional fees for local tournament registration, UNLESS you register late or fail to provide the required volunteers (see Other Fees below for details).

Additional Expenses

During the season, there may be additional expenses associated with training Team Managers and purchasing supplies for the team’s solution and activities, though teams are encouraged to be both frugal and creative in their use of materials. In addition, most teams also purchase or create team t-shirts.

If you were to add $200 for supplies, team t-shirts, and Team Manager training, the total cost would be $445. That’s about $65 per team member for a team with seven students, and about $50 per member for a seven-member Rising Stars team (and it could be less, because some teams won’t need to purchase a lot of supplies).

Other Fees

Although this won’t affect most teams, there are situations in which NH-DI must charge an additional fee.

Teams that register for their tournament after the December deadline must pay a $25 late fee. Changes made after the deadline that could affect tournament scheduling may also trigger a late fee, such as a change in a team’s Challenge or its competition level.

Every NH team is asked to supply two additional volunteers to work at our tournaments:

  1. An adult volunteer called an Appraiser, who will help to evaluate team solutions at our tournaments. Appraisers can be anyone 18 years or older who is willing to give up a couple Saturdays of their time: a training day in late January or early February, and then a tournament day in March.
  2. A two-hour volunteer to help us out at the team’s regional tournament. They might work at the NH-DI concessions table, help to prepare lunch for our Appraisers, or help staff the Information Table.

Some teams may find it difficult to find someone, but these volunteers are vital to making the program run, so this commitment is not to be taken lightly! You can learn more about these volunteer positions on our Providing Volunteers page.

Teams that are unable to provide an Appraiser will be charged a No-Appraiser fee of $175. However, a limited number of teams will be allowed to pay a reduced fee of $60, if they can provide an all-day volunteer at their tournament. This must be one person for the entire day, but they can arrange to take a short break to watch their own team’s performance.

Summary of Fees

ItemTeam NumberAffiliate FeeTotal Per Team
Competitive teams:
1 to 4 teams with printed materials
$125$120$245
1 to 4 teams with digital download materials
$105$120$225
5 or more teams with printed or digital materials
$95$120$155
Rising Stars:
1 to 4 teams with printed materials
$75$95$170
1 to 4 teams with digital download materials
$65$95$160
5 or more teams with printed or digital materials
$60$95$155
Additional fees:
Late registration fee
$25
Fee for no Appraiser and no all-day volunteer
$175
Fee to provide an all-day volunteer instead of an Appraiser
$60