2020 Simulations Week Attendee Packet

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 Choose Your Own Adventure

June 23-26, 2020

SCENARIO

All adventures take place within this scenario:

It is the year 2035. The impact of the late world war erased our former national boundaries. The capitols and leading metropolitan cities of Canada, the United States, and Mexico have been annihilated. Former citizens of these great nations have grouped themselves in various regions, with those who share common beliefs. A large number of Christians are now living in a relatively peaceful and safe zone, that exists in the center of the North American continent.

In an effort to establish a lasting place of security and stability, Christian leaders have called for commissions of scholars, architects, musicians, athletes and artists, of those who still remain, to come together for the purpose of laying plans for a large and mighty new city – a beautiful city – a city patterned after the principles of Zion.

The new city will not only be beautiful, but necessary for our survival. It will protect Christians against threats from other North American groups, as well as from foreign powers.

ADVENTURES

Descriptions for each adventure are located on main Simulations Week  page.

PREPARATION RESOURCES

Review this concepts, scriptures and videos on this page: What is Zion?

SNOW COLLEGE WAIVER

Snow College requires that all summer camp attendees and staff submit their own waiver form. Please print, fill out and submit one of the following waiver forms for each youth attending Simulations Week. You may bring it with you and give it to the dorm check-in staff, or scan/photograph the document and email to admin@ensignpeakacademy.com

Assumption of Risk and Waiver (for all participants 18 year of age and older)

Youth Informed Consent  (for all participants ages 17 and younger)

LOCATION AND DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Simulations Week will be held at Snow College, 150 College Ave, Ephraim, UT, which is the geographic center of Utah, and is about an hour drive south of Provo, UT.

If you are coming from the north, exit I-15 at Spanish Fork, heading east on Hwy 6, then turn right on Hwy 89 and head south. On Hwy 89, you will pass Indianola, Fairview, and Mount Pleasant before arriving in Ephraim. You will likely lose cell signal and GPS after entering Spanish Fork Canyon until you are a few miles north of Fairview, so have your written instructions and a printed map with you.

If you are coming from the south, exit I-15 at Nephi, heading east on Hwy 132. Pass Fountain Green. The Hwy takes a jog to the east in Moroni, then continues south to Hwy 89, which takes you to Ephraim.

Here is a map of Snow College. 

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS

Traveling to and from Utah

Snow College is located in Sanpete County, Utah. Currently, Sanpete County has an extremely low rate of COVID cases and no deaths. It is a safe place to visit. To keep it that way, please do not attend Simulations Week if you or a member of your family become sick shortly before the event. A full refund will be given to youth who cannot attend due to illness.

Remaining on Campus

Youth attendees will remain on the Snow College campus throughout the event, for safety and to minimize exposure to and from the surrounding community. 

Rooming

Dorm rooms will have two students each. They don’t have enough dorms for one student per room, but the beds in the dorm rooms are about 16 feet apart so that’s good social distancing. Each apartment has 2 bathrooms, each with a shower, a kitchen with a sink, fridge and microwave, but no stove or oven.

If you have any roommate requests you can email us ahead of time. Otherwise, roommates are pre-assigned.  Since everyone will have a roommate, parents don’t need to approve roommates anymore. Parents are welcome to provide any direction about roommates, to our staff.

Low-Risk Status + Cultural Events

At this time, Utah’s public health status is “Yellow: Low-Risk” but also allows for indoor cultural gatherings of up to 3,000 individuals (outdoors up to 6,000).

Precautions During the Event

Yellow: Low Risk status recommends social distancing to be practiced throughout the event, wherever possible. Frequent hand washing will be encouraged. Wearing of face masks will be encouraged, especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as in certain areas of the auditorium and classrooms and when building the model of the city. This includes the location for the orientation on Tuesday.

Hand shaking will be discouraged. Hand sanitizer will be provided and used in all meeting rooms, and surfaces will be regularly wiped down with disinfectant. Disinfectant wipes will be provided in the public restrooms for youth to wipe handles as needed.  

A NOTE ABOUT MEALS

The Cafeteria Manager is very willing to accommodate gluten free, nut free, dairy free and vegetarian options, as some of you have indicated on your application. She does want everyone to be aware that the cafeteria and kitchen do have particulates from flour and nuts so it is not 100% safe for persons with extreme allergies. Since the dorms have full sized fridges and microwaves, you can bring your own food as needed. The cafeteria has a microwave so you can warm your own food there if needed.

CARPOOLING

We encourage students and parents to coordinate carpooling via the Ensign Peak Academy Facebook Page.

CHECK-IN INSTRUCTIONS

When you arrive to check in on Tuesday morning, at 8:00 am, please go first to the dorm, and put your baggage in your dorm room. (Note that check-in is in the morning of June 23rd.)

Dorm Check-in: Separate dorm apartments are provided for boys and girls. All attendees will be staying at Suites at Academy Square, located on the corner of College Ave. and 100 East, in Ephraim, Utah. Staff members will assist you with checking in and directing you to orientation.

Orientation will take place at the Library Auditorium, which is south of the dorms, after passing the Noyes building. orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am. Don’t be late!

Here is a map of Snow College.

FLASH MOB

The simulation theme is “A Beautiful City.”

All Simulations Week attendees and mentors are invited to participate in an exciting Flash Mob, to sing “A Beautiful City,” filmed on site and posted on social media. (We won’t be able to hold the flash mob at the store previously announce, due to COVID-19 restrictions)

Practice will take place after each meal, prior to our flash mob performance. Please listen to and practice the song before attending Simulations Week, so you will be able to sing it from your heart! Here is the sheet music: A Beautiful City

SCHEDULE

Monday, June 22, 2020

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm      Check-in for Early Arrivals

10:00 pm Lights Out

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

7:00 am – 8:00 am       Breakfast for Monday Early Arrivals Only

8:00 am – 9:00 am     Attendee Dorm Check-in at Suites at Academy Square

9:00 am – 10:00 pm    Orientation in the Library Auditorium

10:00 am – 12:00 pm   Adventure Groups Meet!

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm    Lunch and Free Time

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm       Simulation

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm       Special Meeting for Ensign Peak Academy students, in the Library Auditorium 

5:00 pm – 5:40 pm       Dinner and Free Time

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm       Youth Games

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm       Movie in the Library Auditorium (Animal Farm)

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm     Free Time in Dorms; Devotional

10:00 pm                       Lights Out

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

8:00 am – 9:00 am        Breakfast

9:00 am – 12:00 pm      Simulation

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm      Lunch and Free Time

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Simulation

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm        Dinner and Free Time

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm        Fireside & Testimony Meeting in the Library Auditorium

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm       Free Time

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm     Free Time in Dorms; Devotional

10:00 pm                       Lights Out

Thursday, June 25, 2020

8:00 am – 9:00 am         Breakfast

9:00 am – 12:00 pm       Simulation

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm      Lunch and Free Time

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm        Etiquette presentations (Girls in 2nd Floor Library, Boys in Library Auditorium)

1:45 pm – 5:00 pm        Simulation

5:00 pm – 5:40 pm        Dinner

5:40 pm – 6:30 pm        Flash Mob

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm        Improv Night in the Greenwood Student Center

Come prepared to do a skit, tell a great joke, perform a musical number, or recite your favorite selection from a play, a poem or a piece of literature. The program will be invented as we go. Prepare to have fun, with this outrageous program filled with talent, drama and great humor!

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm      Free Time in Dorms; Devotional

10:00 pm                        Lights Out

Friday, June 26, 2020

8:00 am – 9:00 am         Breakfast

9:00 am – 12:00 pm       Simulation

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm       Lunch and Free Time

1:00 pm                          “The Games” by the Athletes Commission 

2:00 pm                          Dance Commission Performance in the Concert Hall

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm       Ensign Peak Academy Commencement in the Concert Hall

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Evaluations and Debrief in Culture Groups

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm        Clean-up and Individual Preparation for Banquet, in Dorms

5:45 pm                           Seating begins for Banquet

6:00 pm                          Banquet and Program (For youth attendees only)

  • Artists Commission Presents Murals
  • Architect Commission presents city model
  • Musicians Commission performs compositions
  • Constitutional Convention group presents their document
  • Entrepreneurs Commission Presents business strategy

8:00 – 9:30 pm       Clean up and check out, Parent pick-up

Note: Youth may be picked up by parents as soon as their dorm clean check is passed off, anytime between 8:00 – 9:30 pm

10:00 pm                          Lights Out for Late-Stays

Saturday, June 27, 2020

8:00 am                              Breakfast, Clean-up and Check-out for Late-stays

Sack breakfasts are picked up in the dorm lobby as students board the shuttle.

8:30 am                              Airport Shuttle Departs

9:00 am Parents               Pick-up Late-stays

                       
WHAT TO BRING

Please label all belongings.

  • Notebook and pens
  • A laptop and flash drive (optional but encouraged for entrepreneurs and con con)
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Face mask
  • Small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep in your pocket
  • Pajamas and clothing for the whole event
  • Best dress or formal for banquet
  • Toiletries, including brush, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and body soap
  • Board game, puzzle or book
  • Snacks for the evenings
  • Basketball, soccer ball, tennis ball and rackets, frisbee or football

IMPORTANT NOTE ON BEDDING AND TOWEL

Simulations Week students will need to bring their own blanket or sleeping bag, pillow and towel.

DEVISES, COMPUTERS AND INTERNET

WiFi will be available throughout the event. 

Students in these commissions don’t really need to bring any device:

  • Artists Commission
  • Athletes Commission
  • Musicians Commission

It would be helpful for several members of the Entrepreneurs Commission and the Constitutional Convention to bring laptops, to facilitate development of their working documents.

Dancers will benefit from having a mobile phone to use for filming each other’s dances which will assist with the choreography. Not every dancer needs a phone. We just need a few phones in the group.

Architects should plan to bring a device to use for playing Minecraft. After running a test with 5 people, in the Snow College computer lab, it was discovered that we will not be able to use the college’s computers. Please let us know if you can bring a laptop, ipad, XBox, or Switch. All students will need a Minecraft account. Please do your best to buy or arrange to use a friends account, or let us know if you need an account and we will arrange for you to use someone’s account. Please let us know if you have one, can borrow one, or need one. Send info to admin@ensignpeakacademy.com

In general, it will reduce distractions if students do not bring mobile phones with them. If they need to contact parents, they can borrow a staff person’s phone. We are not prohibiting phones, but simply recommend that phones be left at home. (We understand that students traveling without parents need to have a phone.) Consider blocking internet and social media on phones, so they are only used for texting and calling.

DRESS POLICY

  • Casual attire is appropriate for the musicians, artists and architects. Artists should bring a painting shirt to protect clothing. Modesty is required.
  • Athletic attire is appropriate for the Athletes Commission. Modesty is required. No short-shorts, no tank tops. (Example of appropriate men’s shorts and Example of appropriate women’s shorts)
  • Business Casual attire is appropriate for the Constitutional Convention and the Entrepreneurs.
  • Modest dance attire is appropriate for the Dance Commission. Bring your dance shoes, and additional attire for meals and evening activities. Bring dance shoes that are associated with whatever style of dance you do or hope to do. If you have not done dance before, bring soft shoes, such as jazz or lyrical shoes. One dance room has a marley floor and the other dance room has a hard floor.
  • Casual attire is best for most evening activities, such as jeans and t-shirts. Modesty is required.
  • Formal gowns or best dress and suits are all appropriate for the banquet.  Selection of these attire options is a matter of personal preference.
  • No distracting clothing is permitted: Immodest apparel, inappropriately casual attire, and any attire or hair styles that are excessively distracting are not permitted. The Simulations Week producer reserves the right to determine whether or not attire is excessively distracting.
  • Attendees who are not dressed according to this Dress Policy will be asked to return to their lodgings to change clothing before they may participate in the simulation.

PARENTS 

Snow College has requested that parents not observe the event, to reduce the number of people on campus. Parents are welcome to pick up and drop off youth and visit youth if any needs arise. Please call Diann Jeppson to assist with connecting with your youth during the event. 801-450-5016.

PARENT LODGING AND MEALS

We recommend Willow Creek Inn, in Ephraim, Utah, if parents need lodging. Parents are welcome to join us for any meal. These meals must be purchased at least two weeks prior to the event. Please contact the director to arrange for meals.