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.

Annual 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. 

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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.

2020 Simulations Week: Choose Your Own Adventure

Theme: A Beautiful City

Now…maybe now…we start learning how

Listen to our Simulation Anthem, which we will sing together at the event. You can start practicing now.

Event Dates and Location

Simulations Week: June 23-26, 2020

Location: Wasatch Academy, 120 South 100 West, Mt. Pleasant, Utah

Choose Your Adventure

Within the scenario, there are five adventures. Each attendee will chose one of the five adventures to engage in, for the whole of Simulations Week. The adventures are:

  • Constitutional Convention
  • Architects Commission
  • Musicians Commission
  • Athletes Commission
  • Artists Commission

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All adventures take place within this scenario:

It is the year 2035. The impact of the late world war erased our former national boundaries. The capitols and leading metropolitan cities of Canada, the United States, and Mexico have been annihilated. Former citizens of these great nations have grouped themselves in various regions, with those who share common beliefs. A large number of Christians are now living in a relatively peaceful and safe zone, that exists in the center of the North American continent. 

In an effort to establish a lasting place of security and stability, Christian leaders have called for commissions of scholars, architects, musicians, athletes and artists, of those who still remain, to come together for the purpose of laying plans for a large and mighty new city – a beautiful city – a city patterned after the principles of Zion. 

The new city will not only be beautiful, but necessary for our survival. It will protect Christians against threats from other North American groups, as well as from foreign powers.

The New Asian Empire (NAE) is gaining world-wide influence rapidly.  Some North American territories have been contacted by the NAE Emperor, Zhou Xiang.  To quote him briefly: 

“Past years have described Asia as a setting sun; for decades we were not considered ‘developed’.  Exploited by our more technologically advanced western counterparts we suffered. Now is the eve of a new world. Alliances have been formed; new ties are secured around the globe.  We the greatest empire have shown that no longer can we be economically exploited and politically ignored . . . we establish a world-wide economic alliance . . . we offer you the opportunity to join the NAE alliance, which will secure prosperity and insure safety. Do not underestimate us; our ways are not your ways. . . “

Constitutional Convention


Scholars have been invited to meet in a four-day convention to draft a new constitution that will provide unity, peace and a strong defense. This constitution will establish a structure that promotes the free will of the people, while enabling them to live according to the principles of Zion.

Other groups, as well as Emperor Xiang, are attempting to politically divide and threaten us. It is no longer possible to delay a constitutional convention.  Many of our forefathers were responsible for establishing the most free and prosperous country in the history of the world. That country no longer exists, but its motto endures in the hearts and minds of Christians– “In God We Trust.”  Now the responsibility to write a constitution for a new and mighty city – a beautiful and prosperous city – rests squarely on your shoulders.

The presentation and signing of the constitution will take place at the Groundbreaking Ceremony, on the fourth day.

Architects Commission


You are one of a group of elite Christian architects, who have been commissioned to design the new, beautiful city, to reflect the principles of Zion. Plans may include (but are not limited to) the layout and the roads, the Central Plaza, the main buildings, the location of residential areas,  places of worship, zones for farming and for the production and distribution of goods, places for natural habitats, and places for sports and recreation. Architects will have four days to conceptualize, plan and build a miniature-scale model of the beautiful city, to be displayed on the fourth day, at the Groundbreaking Ceremony. Note: Minecraft will be used to design the city. Wood, foam, glue, paint and other supplies will be provided for building the city model.

Musicians Commission


Groundbreaking Ceremony planners are working hard to set an appropriate tone for the new and beautiful city. You are one of several elite musicians who have been commissioned to compose original music to be performed at the opening of this ceremony. You know the power of music and you understand the critical nature of your commission. The musical feel, tone, style, rhythm and symbolism of the music you will compose for this ceremony is of inestimable importance. Through your music, you will convey the the spirit of the new city to the heart of every potential new citizen, many of whom have lost loved-ones in the recent chaos. 

You may compose music for any instrument or for voice, to be played as a group, duet or solo. Please bring your personal instrument(s). Pianos will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own keyboard. Mentors and guest composers will provide instruction and support throughout the week. You must complete your composition(s) and be ready to perform at the Groundbreaking Ceremony on Friday afternoon, June 26th. Your performances will be recorded so that many others may hear your message of music, for years to come. 

Athletes Commission


Christian leaders have called a special commission of elite athletes, to create three new sports for “The Games,” to be held in connection with the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the new and beautiful city. These three new sports will embody the principles of Zion, while testing the limits of human athletic ability. Strength, agility, speed and endurance – all are to be tested by these three new sports. The hope is that by celebrating the best in all of us, we will draw together in the spirit of Zion. As a world-class Christian athlete, you have been invited to be on the commission. 

The commission will meet for four days. By the afternoon of Day Four, the Athletic Commission must submit documents naming and describing each of the three new sports. A complete listing of rules and judging standard must be submitted with this documentation. In addition, the athletes will hold The Games, featuring the three new sports. Competitors will be members of the commission.

Artists Commission


You are one of a handful of elite Christian artists, who have been commissioned to paint large free-standing murals for the Central Plaza of the new and beautiful city. Artistic minds will converge in order to create brilliant, original works of art in the form of large murals. The artistic feel, tone, colors, style, layout and symbolism of these murals will embody the principles of Zion – the vision for the beautiful city. The murals will be unveiled at the Groundbreaking Ceremony, and be displayed for many years thereafter, to inspire the citizens of the beautiful city. The commission will have four days to conceptualize, design, build and paint the murals.  What will your art say to the people of the beautiful city.

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All Simulations Week attendees and mentors are invited to participate in an exciting Flash Mob, to sing “A Beautiful City,” at Terrel’s Market, 1050 State St. Mount Pleasant, UT, on Thursday, June 25, departing Wasatch Academy after dinner, at 5:40 pm.

Practice will take place after each meal, prior to our flash mob performance. Please listen to and practice the song before attending Simulations Week, so you will be able to sing it from your heart! Scroll to the top of this page to locate a video of the song.

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Attendee Information

Review the 2020 Simulations Week Attendee Packet for information about:

  • Schedule
  • Packing List
  • Dress Code
  • Driving Instructions
  • Dorm Check-in Instructions

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.)

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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.

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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 22, 2020 at approx. 6:00 pm Mountain Time. Arrival time at Wasatch Academy is approx 9:00 pm Mountain Time. Email your flight itinerary or in which county you need pick-up to  Fee: $10 Per Person

Saturday Simulations Week Shuttle: Take the Simulations Week Shuttle from Wasatch Academy to points in Utah and Salt Lake Counties, or for 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  Fee: $10 Per Person

Note: We recommend purchasing flight cancellation insurance or booking with an airline that allows no-cost changes (such as Southwest Airlines).

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 provided. 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 26, 2020 plus a full, hot breakfast on Saturday morning, served from 8:00 am – 9:00 am. Twin bed and shower access provided. Final check-out is at 9:00 am Mountain Time Saturday morning. Fee: $30 Per Person

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.