Simulations Week

Open to All Youth, Ages 12-18

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.

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

2021: Crossfire on the Floor: A Legislative Simulation – Student impersonate legislators, to propose and debate bills. Scroll down to learn all about the 2021 event!

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. 

2024: Choose Your Own Adventure – Students choose to compose music, create art, write a constitution, invent a new business, choreograph new dances, invent new sports, or design architecture.

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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.

2021 Simulations Week

Dates: June 22-25, 2021

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

2021 Simulations Week Scenario


The 1st Senate of Zion

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 join the Intelligence and Defense Department. It’s up to you!  

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.

The 12 Tribes of Israel


The Tribe of Reuben maintains the might and power of Zion through the gathering of intelligence, strategic defense planning and prudent diplomatic relations with other nations. Senators propose legislation regarding these matters. They consult with the Intelligence and Defense Department, which carries out laws passed by the Senate.



The Tribe of Simeon creates and maintains unity within Zion and between the tribes by overseeing the assimilation of new arrivals, including welcome, orientation and follow up during the first year of citizenship in Zion.



The Tribe of Judah is the steward of records, museums and fine art. This tribe also manages the acquisition and distribution of energy and natural resources, in order to sustain the needs of the citizens and make all necessary preparations to receive the Savior as the King of Kings.



The Tribe of Issachar oversees the rights and responsibilities of the working class (those employed by others) and manages roads and all forms of transportation within Zion.



The Tribe of Zebulon cultivates, expands and maintains trade with other Stakes of Zion throughout the world.



The Tribe of Dan designs and oversees the system of judges and courts, and advises senators on the constitutionality of proposed legislation.



The Tribe of Naphtali oversees the education of all citizens in Zion, which includes the study and cultivation of the knowledge of all that is good, true and beautiful. 



The Tribe of Gad maintains the common defense through the Army of Zion and through technological developments that contribute to the fearsome reputation of Zion.



The Tribe of Ashur promotes farming, ranching and forestry through good science, quality management and innovation, to care for the citizens of Zion and to serve those in need throughout the world. 



The Tribe of Ephraim promotes and supports missionary work throughout the world and establishes effective immigration policies for all those wishing to become citizens of the city Zion.



The Tribe of Manasseh oversees the care of the poor, the needy and the disabled.  



The Tribe of Benjamin administrates city planning and residential development, including civil engineering, public spaces, neighborhood planning, housing and utilities.


Mentors and Sim Team

Ensign Peak Academy faculty members will serve as mentors for the senators and press corp. The role of president will be played by Jeff Jensen, a history faculty member. The president’s six cabinet members will be played by the six members of the Sim Team.

Sim Mentors

Cartoon Students

Simulations Week Tuition

Registration: $339 per person

Registration is now open!

Although we previously sold out all dorm beds at Wasatch Academy, we were able to reserve 72 spots at the Horseshoe Mountain Lodge, which is within easy walking distance to Wasatch Academy! This allows us to re-open registration. You will want to sign up ASAP since these spots will fill soon. We have retained two additional chaperones for the lodge.

Registration Update: As of 4/13/2021 we have 33 remaining spots.

Refund Policy: A full refund is provided upon written request received up to April 30, 2021. Registrations are also transferrable at any time.

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

Please visit our 2021 Simulations Week Attendee Info page for complete details, including packing list, schedule, role sign-up sheet and other important items.

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

Who is attending?

Visit the Attendee List to see who has registered. This list updates automatically whenever a new registration is received.

Health Precautions

We will take reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of our attendees. Dr. Luckart will be on site throughout the week, to take care of any health issues as they arise. We have an emergency plan and our staff will be prepared to support our youth and each other. With regards to COVID-19, Wasatch Academy requires us to follow Utah State Health Guidelines. The good news is that the current requirement to wear masks in groups larger than 50 is expected to end on June 15, a week before Sim Week. We will not require vaccines or testing. We do ask that attendees with COVID symptoms or other contagious illnesses please stay home. We will provide a full refund for students unable to attend due to illness.

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 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm Mountain Time. Arrival time at Wasatch Academy is 9:00 pm Mountain Time. Email your flight itinerary to  Fee: $20 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 26, 2021 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: $20 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 21, 2021, 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: $35 Per Person

Late Check-out Friday Night Lodging + Saturday Morning Breakfast: Reserve an extra night – Friday night lodging, June 25, 2021 plus a full, hot 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: $35 Per Person


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.