Simulations Week

Open to All Youth, Ages 12-18

Parents love Simulations Week because…

  • Youth return home filled with a desire to take their education to a new level.
  • Students learn diplomacy, negotiation and compromise.
  • Youth gain more confidence in themselves and their capacity to make decisions.
  • Students gain hope in their future.

Youth love Simulations Week because…

  • They get to experience a rich, adult-level challenge with the freedom to navigate it as they choose.
  • They make lots of terrific new friends!
  • They get to talk with and learn from some amazing mentors, who love them.
  • They enjoy sharing their talents with each other, and cheering for each other.

What is Simulations Week?

Middle and high school students have an opportunity to gather in person, from around the nation to…
  • Engage in realistic, hypothetical high-stakes scenarios
  • Strengthen their ability to respond to crisis
  • Practicing the art of persuasion
Simulations are…
  • Beyond fantasy role playing
  • Do not follow a script
  • Problems that requires the youth attendees to negotiate, compromise, persuade, debate, strategize, and challenge each other
  • Invite students to use their wits and their knowledge to create and engage ideas to solve the problems together.
Evening activities provide…
  • Exciting and interesting opportunities for youth to associate together for friendship
  • Strengthen meaningful relationships
  • Game night
  • “Improv Night” (talent and variety show)
  • A fireside and testimony meeting
  • A formal youth banquet
  • A family ball.
The spirit of the event has been maintained through the years by the incredible youth who choose to attend, and the dedicated influence of our incredible adult mentors and youth “Sim Team.”
Note that youth attendees and their families often refer to this event as “Sim Week.”

What are parents saying about Simulations Week?

Laurie“Thank you so much for the work and dedication you have put into creating such a wonderful experience! Eli absolutely loved his time at Sim Week. Not only did the scenario challenge him mentally, but his testimony was strengthened every day through the devotionals and fireside. He is already putting money aside to save up for next year and my daughter is doing the same! Thank you for influencing my son, and so many others for good.”       —Laurie Liechty

What are youth saying about Simulations Week?

Simulations Week is held each year in Utah, during the second week in June.

Scenario Schedule

2020: Choose Your Own Adventure – Students choose to compose music, create art, write a constitution, invent new sports, or design architecture. scroll down to learn about the 2020 event!

2021: Crossfire on the Floor: A Legislative Simulation – Student impersonate Congressmen and Senators, to propose and debate bills.

2022: The Surprise Summit: An Out of This World Social Experiment – Students impersonate heads of state and draft proposals to solve some of the world’s most compelling challenges.

2023: The Clash of the Cultures – Students pretend to be members of various historical cultures, brought together to create a unified society. 

Simulations Week Main Graphic

Simulations are awesome!!!

  • Explore courageous solutions to futuristic scenarios
  • Practice communication, persuasion and leadership
  • Apply your knowledge and test your wisdom
  • Discover human nature
  • Experience teamwork and group deliberation

As used by top colleges and industries throughout the world, simulations are a proven way to prepare for real action, influence and critical decision making.

2020 Simulations Week: Choose Your Own Adventure

Scenario TBA

Students choose to compose music, create art, write a constitution, invent new sports, or design architecture.

Event Dates and Location

Simulations Week: June 23-26, 2020

Location: Wasatch Academy, 120 South 100 West, Mt. Pleasant, Utah (Typical Attendance: 180 youth)

Registration opens on August.

 

Sim Mentors

Mentors will be announced in August

Cartoon Students

Sim Team will be announced in August

2020 Simulations Week Event Venue: Wasatch Academy

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 Mt. Pleasant, Utah, just a 1 hr. 40 min. drive south of the Salt Lake International Airport (shuttle service provided.)

Wasatch Academy Campus View

Wasatch Academy Cafeteria

Wasatch Academy Dorm

Wasatch Academy Auditorium

2020 Simulations Week Tuition

Tuition:  $299 per person

Tuition includes:

  • Simulation experience
  • Overnight lodging in Wasatch Academy dorm, in twin bed, on Tues, Wed and Thurs nights. Fitted sheet provided. Bring your own blanket or sleeping bag, pillow and towel.
  • Breakfast on Wed, Thurs and Fri
  • Lunch on Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri
  • Dinner on Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri
  • Evening activities on Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri
  • T-shirt
  • Immediate family admission to Family Ball on Friday evening.

Chaperones: Ensign Peak Academy mentors and staff will chaperone the youth at all times, in the dorms and meeting rooms.

Simulations Week Shuttle

Monday Simulations Week Shuttle: Take the Simulations Week Shuttle, with pick up at the Salt Lake International Airport, and points in Salt Lake and Utah Counties, to Wasatch Academy, in Mount Pleasant, Utah. Includes a dinner stop on the way. Bring your own money for dinner. (Fee is for shuttle ride only.) Shuttle departure from airport is Monday, June 11th at 5:00 pm Mountain Time. Arrival time at Wasatch Academy is 7:30 pm Mountain Time. Email your flight itinerary to admin@ensignpeakacademy.com  Fee: $10 Per Person

Saturday Simulations Week Shuttle: Take the Simulations Week Shuttle from Wasatch Academy to points in Utah and Salt Lake Counties, and drop off at the Salt Lake International Airport. Shuttle departure is Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 9:00 am. Arrival at the Salt Lake International Airport is at 11:30 am. Shuttle driver will assist students with airport check-in. Email your flight itinerary to admin@ensignpeakacademy.com  Fee: $10 Per Person

Simulations Week Extra Lodging Nights

Early Check-in Monday Night Lodging + Tuesday Morning Breakfast: Reserve an extra night: Check into your dorm room on Monday night, June 22, 2020, anytime after 7:00 pm and preferably before 9:00 pm Mountain Time. Twin bed and fitted sheet provided. Bring your own blanket or sleeping bag, pillow and towel. Shower access included. Enjoy a full hot breakfast on Tuesday morning between 7:00 am – 8:00 am. (Note: Monday dinner not included) Fee: $30 Per Person

Late Check-out Friday Night Lodging + Saturday Morning Breakfast: Reserve an extra night – Friday night lodging, June 27, 2020 plus a full, hot breakfast on Saturday morning, served from 8:00 am – 9:00 am. Twin bed and fitted sheet provided. Bring your own blanket or sleeping bag, pillow and towel. Shower access included. Final check-out is at 9:00 am Mountain Time Saturday morning. Fee: $30 Per Person

Registration will open in August.

This event is produced for Ensign Peak Academy Middle and High School Students and is also open to the public. It is produced to serve members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Disclaimer

Ensign Peak Academy is designed to teach members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; however, it is not endorsed by or affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The views expressed herein are the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.