2021 Simulations Week Attendee Info

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 1st Senate of Zion

June 22-25, 2021

SCENARIO

In 2035, the constitution for the city Zion was written and ratified by all of the Tribes of Israel. It is now the year 2036. In the center of North America, construction of the beautiful city Zion is well underway. The capitol building is now complete. The president and senators have been elected. The 1st Senate of Zion will be held in the senate chambers of the new capitol building, from June 22-25, 2036.

Senators have been elected from each of the 12 Tribes of Israel. They will write, sponsor, debate and vote on the first pieces of legislation for the new city. Each tribe has been given a specific stewardship for the city, but all senators may participate in the deliberations for all legislation. 

The energetic Zion Press Corp will cover the proceedings. They will produce numerous video news programs, release news briefs, hold interviews, discuss the issues and cover the speeches and debates with high level analysis and professionalism.

The president will sign or veto all legislation adopted by the senate. The president and his cabinet will coordinate with the 12 Tribes of Israel as they make plans for the execution of the new laws. 

The Zion Intelligence Force and the soldiers of the Tribe of Reuben play a key role in the governance of Zion. A state’s security is key to the development of the state by providing information. This information allows for adequate protection of the state and it citizens. Furthermore, intelligence provides an understanding of the state’s allies and enemies in order to help predict and at times pre-empt other states’ moves.

Zion is rising as a beautiful new city, a city of peace and security, of prosperity and purity, where there will be no poor among them. The people of Zion are committed to live together with one heart and one mind, unified in the cause of Christ. Now it’s time to play your part. What will you do, in this great new city Zion?

Select Your Part

Become a senator by signing up to represent a specific tribe. Or you may choose to join the Zion Press Corp or Zion Intelligence Force. It’s up to you! Simply add your name and contact info for the group of your choice, on this sheet:  2021 Simulations Week Role Sign-up

The mentors for the senators, the president and his cabinet are all members of the Tribe of Levi. The Zion Press Corp and Zion Intelligence Force are composed of members from all tribes and are not senators. 

PREPARATION RESOURCES

Prior to attending Sim Week, please review the concepts, scriptures and videos on this page: What is Zion?

ONLINE OFFICER TRAINING

You are invited to serve as an officer for the 1st Senate of Zion! We will need a Chairman, a Secretary and a Parliamentarian. You must be training to serve as an officer. What do Senate officers do? Review these Officer Duties to find out.

Recording of Officer Training

The Officer Training is for any student who wishes to serve as an officer of the 1st Senate of Zion. This training is required for all those who wish to be nominated. Nomination does not guarantee that you will be an officer. Elections of officers will be held on the first day of Simulations Week. All attendees will have the opportunity to chose from the nominees when electing officers.

Students who attend this training or who report to Diann Jeppson that they have watched the recording will be added to the nominations list.

LOCATION AND DRIVING DIRECTIONS

2021 Simulations Week will be held at Wasatch Academy, 120 South 100 West, Mt. Pleasant, Utah

Enjoy a beautiful mountain atmosphere, comfortable dorm rooms, a roomy dining room with delicious meal options, a large grassy playing field, a dance hall, and state-of-the-art meeting rooms.

Wasatch Academy is Utah’s oldest private school, founded in 1875. It is a boarding school, located in a beautiful mountain valley, in Mount Pleasant, Utah, just a 1 hr. 40 min. drive south of the Salt Lake International Airport (shuttle service provided.)

Note: GPS has been known to be unreliable and to misdirect travelers to Spring City. Please use this: Map and Directions to Wasatch Academy

Here is a more detailed map.

Check-in

When you arrive, go first to your dorm to check in and put your luggage in your room. We will be emailing out the dorm assignments in a few days. We are working on some important changes to make sure everyone is taken care of. 

If you check in on Monday, please do not arrive before 7:00 pm because we will not have staff available to assist you until 7:00 pm. If you arrive on Monday between 7:00 – 9:00 pm, please check into your dorm and then join us on the Quad for a social gathering that will include live music, refreshments and time to visit with each other. Parents and siblings are welcome to join us. At 9:00 pm you will go to your dorm and prepare to join your dorm-mates for devotional. Lights out is at 10:00 pm.

Social gathering at Wasatch Academy: An optional social gathering will take place from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Monday June 21, 2021 at Wasatch Academy. This gathering is for early arrivals and their parents, mentors, Sim Team members and staff. There will be live music, refreshments and the opportunity to connect with others in an informal setting.  If younger siblings need to accompany parents for the drive to Mount Pleasant, they are welcome to attend the social with a parent present. If preferred, parents may simply drop their youth off. (Note that this social gathering will not be held at Diann Jeppson’s home, as previously announced, due to the large number of early arrivals and the start of a large construction project at Diann’s home.)

Dorms: Separate dorm rooms are provided for boys and girls. Staff members will assist you with checking in and directing you to orientation.

Here is a map of Wasatch Academy.

If you check in on Monday after 9:00 pm, go straight to the dorm and prepare to join your dorm-mates for devotional. Remain in your dorm. Lights out is at 10:00 pm.

Note that you must have previously purchased the “Early Check-in” service to arrive on Monday.

If you check in on Monday, breakfast is provided on Tuesday morning from 7:00 – 8:00 am in the Cafeteria.

If you check in on Tuesday, please make sure that you have breakfast before arriving because breakfast is not provided for those checking on on Tuesday. Plan to arrive by 8:00 am to allow time to check into your dorm and walk to the Tiger’s Den Auditorium.

Orientation will take place at the Tiger’s Den Auditorium. Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am, June 22, 2021. Don’t be late!

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS

Dr. Julie Luckart will be on hand throughout the event. An on-campus guest house will serve as a temporary clinic for students who have minor injuries or who don’t feel well. Parents will be contacted as needed. A hospital and urgent care facility are within a 5-minute drive from campus. Our staff will be briefed on our emergency and crisis management plan, and appraised of student medical concerns reports on the registration form. First aid supplies will be readily available. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Luckart at 360-281-6642 to discuss any concerns. 

With regards to COVID-19, the state of Utah is now open and masks are no longer required. Testing and vaccines are not required for attendance at this event. We do ask that attendees take reasonable health precautions, such as hand-washing before and after meals and after restroom use.

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. He 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. (The lodge doesn’t have kitchens.)

Snacks

We will provide two small snacks each day, between meals. Our cafeteria provides all-you-can-eat buffet style meals with lots of choices for every meal, so you will be well-fed. We encourage you to bring snacks for the evening, to enjoy and to share. You are welcome to bring coolers. There is a refrigerator in each dorm, but not in the lodge. 

Free Time

You will have free time each day during the meal hours, after eating and in the evenings. Since you will be in business attire during the day, we invite you to spend free time visiting with other youth. You may change into athletic or casual clothing for dinner and the evening activities. We invite you to bring items to use during evening free time, such as a football, basketball, soccer ball, tennis balls and racket, skateboard, roller skates, roller blades, baseball and gloves (no bats please), frisbees, etc. There is a large grassy area, a basketball court, a tennis court and a skate park. Please do not bring video games. 

Improv Night

Come prepared for “Improv Night” which will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2021. Plan 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! Feel free to bring your musical instrument. A piano, sound system and music stand will be provided.

Banquet and Ball

Note that the Friday banquet is for youth attendees, mentors, Sim Team members and event staff only. The Family Ball is for youth attendees, their immediate family members, mentors, Sim Team members and event staff. There is no additional cost for family members.

CARPOOLING

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

Rules

Please review these Simulations Week Rules prior to attending.

WHAT TO BRING

Please label all belongings.

  • Notebook and pens
  • Optional: A laptop and flash drive*
  • Sheets and 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
  • Optional for all, strongly encouraged for the members of the Tribes of Reuben, and Zion Intelligence Force: Foam Blasters. Please follow these Foam Blaster Guidelines

IMPORTANT NOTE ON BEDDING AND TOWEL

Simulations Week students staying in the dorms will need to bring their own sheets and blanket or sleeping bag; pillow and towel. If staying in the Horseshoe Mountain Lodge, all of these items are included.

DEVISES, COMPUTERS AND INTERNET

It would be helpful for several attendees to bring laptops, to facilitate development of bills, but laptops are not required for everyone.

WiFi will be available throughout the event. A robust porn blocker and internet filtering service is integrated with Wasatch Academy’s guest internet access, though obviously this doesn’t apply to mobile data plans.

In general, it will reduce distractions if students do not bring mobile phones or digital devices with them. If students need to contact parents, they may 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. Printers will be available to photocopy bills. Here is a guide on how to block the internet on computing devices. 

DRESS POLICY

  • Please select modest, business attire for the simulation portion of the event.  No denim. Ties are optional. (The Tribe of Reuben and the Zion Intelligence Force may wear casual clothing throughout the simulation, due to their unique stewardships.)
  • Casual or athletic attire is best for the evening activities, such as jeans and t-shirts. Tank tops and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Attendees may return to the dorms to change their clothing prior to the evening activities. Shorts are permitted but must not be short shorts. Here is an image of appropriate shorts for boys Here is an image of appropriate shorts for girls.
  • Formal gowns or best dress and suits are all appropriate for the Formal Banquet. You are welcome to wear something you might wear to church. Selection of these attire options should be modest and is a matter of personal preference.
  • Immodest apparel and any attire or hair styles that are excessively distractive are not permitted. Please do not wear anything that is tight, sheer, or revealing. All clothing (business, casual and formal) must cover the shoulders, the stomach and not be low cut in the front or the back. Spaghetti straps and excessively short dresses are not permitted. Students wearing immodest apparel will be asked to return to the dorm to change their clothing before returning to participate in the event.

PARENTS 

Parents are welcome to observe any of the proceedings.  We ask that they refrain from interacting with the Simulation participants, wherever possible, and that they maintain an unobtrusive presence in the simulation by refraining from side conversations. Parents should converse with students outside of the simulation rooms, when needed.     

PARENT LODGING

We recommend that parents wishing to stay in the area seek for a local AirBnB. There are plenty of restaurants in the area, as well as a full service grocery story in Mount Pleasant (Terrell’s).

SCHEDULE

Monday, June 21, 2021

4:45 pm Shuttle departs from airport

8:00 pm Shuttle arrives at Wasatch Academy

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

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm    An optional social gathering at Wasatch Academy, (outside on the grassy area just north of the Student Center, on the rectangular part of the map labeled “Wasatch Academy.”) This gathering is for early arrivals and their parents, mentors, Sim Team members and staff. There will be live music, refreshments and the opportunity to connect with others in an informal setting.  If younger siblings need to accompany parents for the drive to Mount Pleasant, they are welcome to attend the social with a parent present. If preferred, parents may simply drop their youth off. (Note that this social gathering will not be held at Diann Jeppson’s home, as previously announced, due to the large number of early arrivals and the start of a large construction project at Diann’s home.)

10:00 pm                    Lights Out

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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

8:00 am – 9:00 am      Attendee Dorm Check-in

9:00 am – 10:00 pm    Orientation in the Tiger’s Den

10:00 am – 12:00 pm   Tribe/Group Orientation in Meeting Rooms

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

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm   Training on Procedure for How a Bill May Become a Law, in Tiger’s Den Auditorium

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm       Preparing Bills in meeting rooms

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm       Senate in Session

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

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm       Special Guest Presenter: Filmmaker Darin Southam

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm       Youth Games

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm     Free Time in Dorms (9:30 15-min Devotional in the Dorms)

10:00 pm                      Lights Out

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

8:00 am – 9:00 am        Breakfast

9:00 am Announcement, Training on Lobbying in the Tiger’s Den Auditorium

9:00 am – 12:00 pm      Simulation

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

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm       Special Meeting for Ensign Peak Academy high school students. Senior Capstone Project Oral Exams, in the Tiger’s Den Auditorium

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 Tiger’s Den Auditorium

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm       Free Time on Campus and in the Dorms

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

10:00 pm                       Lights Out

Thursday, June 24, 2021

8:00 am – 9:00 am         Breakfast

9:00 am Announcements, Training on Conflict Resolution

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 Cafeteria, Boys in Tiger’s Den Auditorium)

1:45 pm – 5:00 pm       Simulation

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm        Dinner

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm        Improv Night in Auditorium

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!

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm      Free Time on Campus and in Dorms

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

10:00 pm                        Lights Out

Friday, June 25, 2021

8:00 am – 9:00 am         Breakfast

9:00 am Announcements in the Tiger’s Den Auditorium

9:00 am – 12:00 pm       Simulation

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

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm         Simulation

2:00 pm                          Senate session ends

2:00 pm – 2:20 pm        Address by the President of Zion, Senate Chambers

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm        Evaluations and Debrief in Groups, meeting room clean up

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Ensign Peak Academy Commencement – Music Conservatory

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 Sim Team, Mentors, youth attendees and family members of graduates only)

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm        Family Ball

9:00 pm                          Check out, Parent pick-up

Note: Youth may be picked up by parents as soon as their dorm clean check is passed off.

10:00 pm                        Lights Out for Late-Stays

Saturday, June 26, 2021

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

9:00 am                              Airport Shuttle Departs

9:00 am                             Parents pick-up Late-stays who are not taking the Airport Shuttle