Simulations Week Attendee Info: Clash of the Cultures

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 The Clash of the Cultures

June 20-23, 2023

SCENARIO

Your people are in trouble. Ridiculously gigantic trouble. Scientists have meddled in something they shouldn’t have, and now you are not only in a completely foreign place, but you’re stuck. Potentially for forever. Suddenly it’s your job to rebuild a society out of…what? And you’ve got four days to do it.

In addition, you have to deal with…others. These others are annoying. They’re different. Worst of all, they’re wrong. How you put up with “Them” is up to you. Whether it’s conquering them in battle, making compromises and peace with them or joining them, something has to be done. How will you prevent them from destroying each other, or is that necessarily a bad thing?

Either way, you’ve got to tighten your kilts and adjust your togas, because no matter what happens, you won’t come out of this the same as when you went in…if you come out at all.  

Learn About Your Culture

Optional: Explore these websites to learn more about your culture:

Aztecs from before Cortez

Aztec Warfare

Aztec History

Scots circa “Braveheart”

The Society of William Wallace

Scottish Wars of Independence

Romans

Roman Empire – Daily Life

Republic to Empire

Roman costume ideas:

Costumes are optional, and FUN! Please where a white t-shirt and white pants or long shorts under your costume, so that you are modest.

Roman Women Costume and Dress

Women: Baggy pants are modest and look like a robe.

Women: Consider a flowy skirt

Women: Consider a flowy robe – add a modest top

Roman Men’s Costume

Roman Warrior Costume

Royal Court of the Tang Dynasty

Ancient History: Tang Dynasty

Info coming soon for these cultures:

Vikings from the 9th Century

Mongol Empire

Ancient Israelites

Nephites of Zarahemla from the time of King Mosiah

Egyptian Empire during the time of the New Kingdom

Samurai of medieval Japan

Event Dates

Simulations Week: June 20-23, 2023

LOCATION AND DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Simulations Week will be held at Wasatch Academy, in 120 S 100 W, Mt Pleasant, 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 and Fairview, then arrive at Mount Pleasant. Hwy 89 passes through Mount Pleasant. You will likely lose cell signal and GPS as you drive this route, 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. When you get to Moroni, turn left onto Hwy 116 which will take you to Mount Pleasant.

Here is a map with driving directions to Wasatch Academy.

Here is a Wasatch Academy Campus Map.

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 your dorm, and put your baggage in your dorm room. (Note that check-in is in the morning of June 20th.)

Park in front of the dorm and enter through the front doors. A staff member will check you in. Leave your baggage in your dorm room, and then proceed to the Performing Arts Center.

After leaving your baggage in your dorm room, all students should check in at the Performing Arts Center, also known as the Tiger’s Den, located on 200 W. between 200 S. and 300 S. Parking is available on 200 W. on both sides of the street, and in the back of the building.

Schedule

Monday, June 19th

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

10:00 pm Lights Out

Tuesday, June 20th

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

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

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       Youth Games

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm       Free Time

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

10:00 pm                       Lights Out

Wednesday, June 21st

8:00 am – 9:00 am        Breakfast

9:00 am – 12:00 pm      Simulation

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

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

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm        Fireside & Testimony Meeting

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm       Free Time

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

10:00 pm                       Lights Out

Thursday, June 22nd

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 – 4:30 pm        Simulation

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm        Etiquette presentations

5:00 pm – 5:40 pm        Dinner

5:40 pm – 8:00 pm        Improv Night

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!

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm       Free Time

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

10:00 pm                      Lights Out

Friday, June 23rd

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 – 2:45 pm          Simulation

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm          Scientists Address the Citizens

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm           Evaluations and Debrief in Culture Groups

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm           Clean-up

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm            Individual Preparation for Banquet, in Dorms

5:15 pm                             Seating begins for Banquet

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm            Banquet and Program (For Simulations Week youth attendees only)

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm           Family Ball (For youth attendees and all immediate family members of the attendees.)

9:00 pm                            Parent Pick up

10:00 pm                          Late-stays Retire to Dorms

11:00 pm                          Lights Out for Late-stays

Saturday, June 24th

Check-out for Late-stays (must depart by 9:00 am)

                       

GENERAL INFORMATION

 What to Bring (Label all belongings):

  • Notebook and pens
  • A laptop and flashdrive (optional)
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Pajamas and clothing for the whole event
  • Best dress or formal for banquet and dance
  • 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

A twin bed will be provided for each student. Simulations Week students will need to bring their own sheets, blanket or sleeping bag, pillow and towel.

Dress Policy

  • Girls should wear a costume representing the traditional clothing of their culture, or dress slacks, nice looking jeans, a dress or a skirt and blouse, or a business suit, with dress shoes.  
  • Boys should wear a costume representing the traditional clothing of their culture, or dress slacks or nice looking jeans, nice shirt and shoes. Tie and suit jacket are optional. 
  • Casual attire is best for the evening activities, such as jeans and t-shirts. No short shorts. Modesty is required.
  • Formal gowns or best dress and suits are all appropriate for the Banquet and Family Ball.  Selection of these attire options is a matter of personal preference. Modesty is required. No gowns that are off-the-shoulder, strapless, bare back, spaghetti strap, mini or cocktail style.
  • No distracting clothing is permitted: Immodest apparel, inappropriately casual attire, and any attire or hair styles that are excessively distracting are not permitted. No short shorts, no bare back or midriff, no spaghetti straps. 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 or activities.

Parent Observation

Parents are welcome to observe any of the proceedings. We ask that they refrain from interacting with the simulation players during the game and that they maintain an unobtrusive presence in the simulation. Parents should converse with students outside of the simulation rooms, when needed.

We recommend Horseshoe Mountain Lodge, if parents need lodging. We are not able to provide meals for parents, but there are several local restaurants in Mount Pleasant, Utah.