Simulations Week

Open to Youth, Ages 12-18

This event is produced for Ensign Peak Academy Middle and High School Students. It is 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.
Note that youth attendees and their families often refer to this event as “Sim Week.”

What are parents saying about Simulations Week?

“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

June 20-23, 2023: 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. 

June 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.

June 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.

June 2026: 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.

2023 Simulations Week

Dates: June 20-23, 2023

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

2023 Simulations Week Scenario

June 20-23, 2023

Clash of the Cultures

Your people are in trouble. Ridiculously gigantic trouble. 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 in battle, making compromises and peace with them or joining them, something has to be done. How will you prevent them 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. 

Roles for Players

During registration, players will choose one of the following cultures to represent during the game:

  • Scots circa “Braveheart”
  • Roman Senators from the height of the Republic
  • Ancient Israelites
  • Vikings from the 9th Century
  • Aztecs from before Cortez
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Nephites of Zarahemla from the time of King Mosiah
  • Samurai of medieval Japan


Ensign Peak Academy faculty members will serve as mentors and “scientists” for Simulations Week. Note that a Sim Team is not needed for the 2023 scenario.

Click here: Sim Week Mentors to view bios and to learn which mentors will be working with each culture.

Simulations Week Tuition

Registration Fee: $445

Refund Policy: $420 is refunded upon receipt of written cancellation request received prior to April 30, 2023. Non-refundable thereafter.

Note: Registration is open to the public. 

The registration link will be added here in the fall of 2022.

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

Click here: 2023 Simulations Week Attendee Info for complete details, including culture preparation, packing list, map and schedule.

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

Health Precautions

Medical staff 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 five-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 19, 2023 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 24, 2023 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 Breakfast: Reserve an extra night: Check into your dorm room on Monday night, June 19, 2023, 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: Reserve an extra night – Friday night lodging, June 23, 2023. No breakfast provided. Final check-out is at 9:00 am Mountain Time Saturday morning. Fee: $40


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.