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 duty of care 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 Intelligence and Defense Committee plays 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 Intelligence and Defense Committee. It’s up to you!  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 is composed of members from all tribes and are not senators. The Intelligence and Defense Committee is comprised of members of the tribes of Reuben, and are not senators.

PREPARATION RESOURCES

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

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

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS

Information will be posted here when we know more about health conditions, closer to the event date.

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.

CARPOOLING

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

CHECK-IN INSTRUCTIONS

Regular Check-in: When you arrive to check in on Tuesday morning, June 22, 2021, at 8:00 am, please go first to the dorm, and put your baggage in your dorm room. 

Early Check-in: When you arrive to check in on Monday night, June 21, 2021, anytime after 7:00 pm and preferably before 9:00 pm Mountain Time, please go first to the dorm, and put your baggage in your dorm room. After checking in, you may remain at the dorms or attend the social gathering. Parents are encouraged to provide transportation to the social. It is a 2-minute drive from Wasatch Academy. Transportation will also be provided to and from the gathering since we understand that parents may need to depart after helping their youth check in.

Social gathering at Diann Jeppson’s home: An optional social gathering will take place from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Monday June 21, 2021 at Diann Jeppson’s home, 10965 E. 19000 N. Mount Pleasant, UT. (2-minute drive from Wasatch Academy) This gathering is for early arrivals and their parents, mentors, Sim Team members and staff. There will be a bonfire, 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.

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

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

Here is a map of Wasatch Academy.

Rules

Please review these Simulations Week Rules prior to attending.

SCHEDULE

Monday, June 21, 2021

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm      Social at Diann Jeppson’s House for Early Arrivals and their parents, Sim Team and Mentors. Parents are encouraged to provide transportation to the social. Transportation will also be provided to and from the gathering since we understand that parents may need to depart after helping their youth check in.

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

9:00 pm                       Depart from Diann’s house, to return to Wasatch Academy. 

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 – 12:00 pm    Orientation in the Tiger’s Den

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

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm       Simulation

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm       Special Meeting for Ensign Peak Academy students. Senior Capstone Project Oral Exams, in the Auditorium 

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

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm       Youth Games

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm       Movie in the Auditorium

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

10:00 pm                       Lights Out

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

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 – 8:30 pm        Fireside & Testimony Meeting in the Auditorium

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm       Free Time

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 – 12:00 pm       Simulation

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

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm         Etiquette presentations (Girls in Gym, Boys in Auditorium)

1:45 pm – 5:00 pm       Simulation

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm        Dinner

6:00 pm – 9:00 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!

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 – 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, Senate Chambers

3:00 pm – 4:00 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

                       
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

IMPORTANT NOTE ON BEDDING AND TOWEL

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

DEVISES, COMPUTERS AND INTERNET

WiFi will be available throughout the event. 

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

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. Consider blocking internet access on laptops and use a flash drive to share files. 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.
  • 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 AND MEALS

We recommend Horseshoe Mountain Inn, in Mount Pleasant, 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.