Simulations Week

Open to Youth, Ages 12-18

This event is produced for Ensign Peak Academy Middle and High School Students. On February 1, 2022, it will also be open to the public. It is produced to serve members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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, 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 and 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
“My kids love it, and recruit more friends each year.  They also come home energized, and spiritually uplifted.  You are ennobling youth.  Thank you.”   -R. Howells

What are youth saying about Simulations Week?

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

Annual Scenario Schedule

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, kidnapped from back in time and brought together to create a single society. 

2024: A Beautiful City – Students create a beautiful new city, based on the concept of Zion. They choose to compose music, create art, write a constitution, invent a new business, choreograph new dances, invent new sports, or design architecture.

2025: The 1st Senate of Zion – Student propose and debate bills, report the news, gather and use intelligence or provide defense for the great city Zion.

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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.

2022 Simulations Week

Dates: June 21-24, 2022

Location: 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.)

Wasatch Academy Campus View

Wasatch Academy Cafeteria

Wasatch Academy Auditorium

Wasatch Academy Dorm

2022 Simulations Week Scenario

THE SURPRISE SUMMIT: An Out of This World Social Experiment

History will record that on a fateful day in June 2022, beams of blue light appeared in every nation of the world, extending their eerie shafts into the cabinet rooms, palaces, official offices, formal dining rooms, legislative chambers and homes of every head of state. A crystal clear gel enveloped each head of state, and with a sharp, hissing sound, they were gone. Eyewitnesses claim to have seen their leaders shooting up the beams of blue light, high into the sky, until they became a speck and disappeared. Where had they gone? Would they ever return? What would the peoples of the earth do next? 

Nobody knew it at the time, but the heads of state had been abducted by interplanetary social scientists from the planet Karek. As each head of state entered the portal of the massive Karekian spacecraft, they were ushered into an immense chamber. There, they were subjected to an intense initiation, and made to understand that they had only four days to complete a seemingly impossible social experiment. If they fail, alien agents would be sent to take their places, in disguises designed to mimic the appearance and mannerisms of each head of state. Even the great Sherlock Holmes would not be able to detect the truth–that alien, impostor heads of state were now the rulers and leaders of every nation on earth. If the heads of state succeed with the social experiment, they will be restored to their nations intact, having taken an oath to carry out the strategies and plans determined and agreed upon at this “Surprise Summit,” aboard the Karek spacecraft. 

Heads of State Identities

Players in this simulation will each impersonate a head of state. During registration, each player will select the nation they wish to represent. Players will use their own name and gender. Players are encouraged to learn about their national identity by reviewing information online and at the library. Costumes are encouraged! (Modesty please.) Information will be provided regarding the history, current affairs of state, and form of government for the country led by each head of state. Although not required for participation, it will enhance the attendees simulation experience if they explore this information prior to the beginning of the simulation.

Mentors and Sim Team

Ensign Peak Academy faculty members will serve as mentors for Simulations Week. They will be announced in the fall.

Simulations Week Tuition

Registration Fee: $445

Refund Policy: $420 is refunded upon receipt of written cancellation request received prior to April 30, 2022. Non-refundable thereafter.

Note: Registration is now open to the public. This event will sell out. As of March 10th there are 142/220 registered youth.

Tuition includes:

  • Simulation experience
  • Overnight lodging in twin bed, on Tues, Wed and Thurs nights. Bring your own sheets and blanket or sleeping bag, pillow, towel and soap.
  • 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
  • Family Ball admission for immediate family members of youth attendees
  • T-shirt

Attendee Information

Our 2022 Simulations Week Attendee Info page will be posted in soon. It will provide complete details, including packing list and schedule.

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

Health Precautions

Medical personnel 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.

With regards to COVID-19, the state of Utah is open and masks are not required. Testing and vaccines are not required for attendance at this event. We ask that attendees take reasonable health precautions, such as hand-washing before and after meals and after restroom use. If students become ill shortly before the event, we ask that they not attend. We will maintain a waitlist for transfer of admission.

Simulations Week Airport Shuttle

Monday Simulations Week Airport Shuttle: Take the Simulations Week Airport Shuttle from the Salt Lake International Airport 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 20, 2022 at 6:00 pm Mountain Time. Arrival time at Wasatch Academy is 9:00 pm Mountain Time. Email your flight itinerary to  Fee: $35 Per Person

Saturday Simulations Week Airport Shuttle: Take the Simulations Week Airport Shuttle from Wasatch Academy to the Salt Lake International Airport. Shuttle departure is Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 9:00 am. Arrival at the Salt Lake International Airport is at 11:00 am. Flight departure must not be before 12:30 pm. Shuttle driver will assist students with airport check-in. Email your flight itinerary to  Fee: $35 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 20, 2022, anytime after 7:00 pm and preferably before 9:00 pm Mountain Time. Early Check-In includes a full hot breakfast on Tuesday morning between 7:00 am – 8:00 am. (Note: Monday dinner not included) Fee: $55

Late Check-out Friday Night Lodging + Saturday Morning Breakfast: Reserve an extra night – Friday night lodging, June 25, 2022 plus a sack breakfast on Saturday morning, served from 8:00 am – 9:00 am. Final check-out is at 9:00 am Mountain Time Saturday morning. Fee: $55


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.