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.”


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

Scenario Schedule

2019: The Clash of the Cultures – Students pretend to be members of various historical cultures, brought together to create a unified society. Scroll down to learn about the 2019 event!

2020: Choose Your Own Adventure – Students choose to compose music, create original art, write a constitution, or invent new Olympic sports.

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.

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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.

2019 Simulations Week: The Clash of the Cultures


Your people are in trouble. Ridiculously gigantic trouble. Powerful 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, joining them, or making peace with them, something has to be done. How will you keep everyone 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.

Event Dates and Location

Simulations Week: June 11-14, 2019

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

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Choose Your Cultural Role

After registration, you are invited to select the part you want to play! The Cultural Role Sign-up Sheet will be emailed to you. Costumes are encouraged, but are optional.


Aztec Empire, specifically the nobility, led by Moctezuma I, ruling from the city-state Tenochtitlan – a powerful 15th century Mesoamerican society that enjoyed many luxury goods and great political and military strength. This was before the arrival of the Spanish (not to be confused with Moctezuma II.)



Scots, specifically 13th century men and women who followed William Wallace, having been recently stirred up to the height of cultural allegiance and fervor for independence after the conquest of the English, led by King Edward I, to assert dominance over Scotland.






Roman Republic, specifically senators, led by two consuls. These government leaders were elected for life, to serve as representatives and rulers of the people. They possess great skills of rhetoric and oration.  







Tang Empire, specifically artists, poets and craftsman. This imperial dynasty of China featured a stable society where art, literature and culture flourished and the people were generally prosperous. The Empire was protected by a large, well-trained military.








The_Capture_of_Jericho_(Bible_Card)Hebrews, specifically the Joshua Generation, who took the “Promised Land” from the Canaanite people, by military conquest, in obedience to the direction of God and through the power of God. They adhere to the Law of Moses, in that offense were not only against society but also against God. They generally resist assimilation of or by other cultures.




genghis-khan-1300828_1280Mongol Empire, specifically invaders, led by Genghis Khan, engaged in a quest to brutally conquered most of Eurasia. He assimilated conquered tribes, cultivated loyalty and was religiously tolerant.



Sim Mentors

Click the image to meet the Mentors.

Cartoon Students

Click the image to meet the Sim Team.

Show Me!

Here’s a video from the previous “Clash of the Cultures” scenario, played in 2015 at a different venue:



2019 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

2019 Simulations Week Tuition

Pre-Registration Discount:  $279 per person, if registered by April 27, 2019

Regular Tuition Price:  $299 per person, if registered between April 28, 2019 and June 11, 2019

Tuition includes:

  • Simulation experience
  • Overnight lodging in Wasatch Academy dorm, in twin bed, on Tues, Wed and Thurs nights. Linens, towel and shower access included.
  • 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.

No Volunteers Needed: Due to the service provided by Wasatch Academy, the dedicated mentors and enthusiastic Sim Team, we won’t need volunteers as we have used in the past. In addition, the location is not convenient for volunteers.

Visit this Simulations Week Attendee Packet for the Culture Sign-up Sheet, the full schedule, packing list and other helpful information.

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 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm Mountain Time. Arrival time at Wasatch Academy is 9:00 pm Mountain Time. Email your flight itinerary to  Fee: $10 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 15, 2019 at 9:00 am. Arrival at the Salt Lake International Airport is at 11:00 am. Shuttle driver will assist students with airport check-in. Email your flight itinerary to  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 10, 2019, anytime after 7:00 pm and preferably before 9:00 pm Mountain Time. Twin bed, linens, towel and 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 14, 2019 plus a full, hot breakfast on Saturday morning, served from 8:00 am – 9:00 am. Twin bed, linens, towel and shower access included. Final check-out is at 9:00 am Mountain Time Saturday morning. Fee: $30 Per Person

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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.


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.