Information for Parents
Our organization's flagship programs are:
- New Hampshire Destination Imagination: We are the New Hampshire affiliate for Destination Imagination®, an international creative problem-solving program.
- Camp Gottalikachallenge: We run one of the oldest creativity camps in the United States. Every summer, we welcome campers from all over the world to a week of summer camp fun at a variety of sites around New Hampshire.
New Hampshire Destination Imagination
So what is Destination Imagination?
- Destination Imagination (DI) is an educational non-profit organization that teaches the creative process to 200,000 students each year across grades K-12.
- Our program takes place across 48 states and more than 30 countries including Canada, Turkey, Korea, Guatemala, Poland, China, India, Great Britain, Brazil and Singapore.
- A 2011 study by the University of Virginia Curry School of Education found that students who participated in DI significantly outperformed non-DI students on standard assessments of creative thinking, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.
Who: Students in grades K-12 and college form teams of two to seven members. Each team needs an adult Team Manager. Team Managers help students stay on track but do not directly help the team develop their solution to the DI Challenge. Team managers are often faculty members or parents.
What: There are seven new DI Challenges offered each year. Each of the Challenges is developed by a team of educators and industry experts who target a particular area of the curriculum and its related standards of content and performance. The areas of focus include: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Engineering, and Service Learning. There is also a non-competitive Early Learning Challenge that is designed to help young children build social and problem solving skills.
When: Each season takes place from September through May. Teams typically spend two to four months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions
Why: Teams in our program improve in creative thinking, critical thinking, and collaborative problem solving. Participants experience the creative process, develop new friendships, and learn to work together.
For more details, please visit our Destination Imagination information page.
Our camp program focuses on helping each camper to develop their creative potential. The goal is to empower our campers to approach life’s challenges with confidence. We do this by honing their creative and critical thinking skills, leadership skills, problem solving abilities, and teamwork.
To learn more about our residential and day camps, please visit our Camp Gottalikachallenge information page.
Recent Articles for Parents
Here are some of the articles published on our website that parents might want to read:
- Our Store is Open! #HolidayIdeas (11/18/2017)
- Smile! Shop Amazon and Help NH-DI! (8/22/2017)
- How to Watch a DI Challenge (3/10/2017)
- 2014-2015 Challenge Sneak Peak! (6/24/2014)
- What Is Creativity? Cultural Icons on What Ideation Is and How It Works (9/8/2013)