About Laurus

Our Philosophy

We believe every child should be given the opportunity to grow, to learn, to have fun and to engage with other children their age. We pride ourselves on being the only camp to be able to offer a very unique and specialized camp experience for children.
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Our Executive Team

Philip A. Cutler
founder

Sitting City Councillor for District 2 in Westmount, QC, Founder and CEO of GradeSlam and of Laurus Summer Camp, Cutler has founded several successful businesses including national in-home tutoring service Laurus Educational Services and Montreal’s first lifestyle summer camp, Laurus Summer Camp. In 2013, at 25 years of age, he became the youngest ever elected City Councillor in Westmount, Quebec. Cutler holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from McGill University in Montreal where he was a linebacker on the McGill Redmen Varsity Football team & represented the Faculty of Education on McGill University’s Senate.

Gabriel D'Amico-Mazza
founder

Gabriel grew up in Westmount and graduated from St-George’s High School. He then went on to do his DEC in health sciences at Dawson College as well as a Bachelor in Science and Specialization in Biology from Concordia University. He furthered his education in the health field and completed a Graduate Diploma program in Health Care Management from McGill University.

Gabriel is active in the community and has volunteered at seniors homes and assisted physically disabled seniors with recreational activities. He has been part of a fundraising committee at the Santa Cabrini Hospital. He has volunteered with individuals who suffered brain trauma and has helped them with their physical activities at the RVH.

He has always had a passion for exercise, science and nutrition. He is a certified lifeguard, who has taught swimming and water safety to young children. He has also taught CPR classes and programs for sports safety. His love for science and desire in helping people has led him to work in the clinical research industry, as Director of Operations of GCP Research.

Gabriel has worked in a summer camp since he was a young teenager and went on to begin his own Lifestyle summer camp in 2012. As one of the Founders of Laurus Summer Camp his ultimate goal is to ensure all his campers have the best summer ever by creating a safe, fun, learning environment for kids.

Directors Message

Dear Parents,

At Laurus, we are constantly adapting to improve our impact on the youth that we cater to in our communities. Our motivation stems from the significance of combining education with unforgettable aspects of the summer camp lifestyle. Our main goal is to ensure that children who attend our camp are learning throughout the summer and improving essential skills in creative and dynamic ways!

What distinguishes Laurus from most camps is our unique Specific Training Program that allows you and your child to choose what skills they want to immerse themselves in and improve on. For 75 minutes each day, your child will be learning in a fun and stimulating environment on the specific subject of their choice. Everyday our STA’s are different and every week follows a different theme so your child may stick to what they love all summer or can feel free to try new things by joining a different STA each week. You can customize your learning experience. Our categories for our Specific Training Areas include: Arts (dance, drama, cooking, art), academics (math, science, english, french, robotics and coding) and sports (soccer, basketball, fitness).

Our goal throughout the summer is to help children discover what they love to do and learn more about what they love. For our youngest campers (our juniors), this means giving them an opportunity to practice the essential skills they will need as they continue to grow! For our older campers (our leadership group), we’ve created a unique program where our younger teens can explore their skills and learn more about what they can do to make their communities a better place. With our #KIDSCAN entrepreneurship program, each of our camp locations takes the initiative to raise funds for local charity of their choice.

Our purpose at Laurus is to implement a healthy lifestyle in everything that we do. The motivation behind our daily smoothies, our zumba and yoga classes is to show our future leaders a lifestyle that is good for you inside and out and is most of all fun!

We hope that our LSC family continues to grow and that our dream of sparking discovery in the hearts and minds of all the campers we interact with every day continues to be our reality.

Best,

Jacklyn Spencer

Director of Camp Operations
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