Interview with Meg Griffin

Spotlight on Meg Griffin

“The biggest reward that I’ve received in my life is that after running Future Stars for 36 years is that, I’ve come into the second generation of campers. Parents that attended are now sending their kids to the camp, because they love Future Stars and they fondly remember their experiences.”—Charlie VanDercook

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Meet Meg Griffin.  And as family traditions go, Meg is the daughter of Bill Griffin, a Future Stars Camps founder.  Meg started at the Rising Stars Camp when she was 3, in the days when you could start that young.  Meg has only missed one summer since she turned 16 working as a counselor at the Rising Stars camp.  Meg just graduated from Wake Forest University and will be joining the Futures Stars Camp team as Head of Social Media.

What was your most memorable 2017 winter moment?

MegMy most memorable winter 2017 moment was going to New Orleans with friends from my college, Wake Forest University.

What are you most looking forward to at camp this summer?

Meg:  I am most looking forward to taking pictures of lots of campers this summer and getting to know them in the process.  More so than ever this year, I will be sharing with parents on Instagram and Facebook the fun their children are having at Future Stars Camps .  There will be daily instagram posts, as well as, weekly Facebook posts.  I am eager to see how excited the kids and parents will be when they see our posts. 

What are some of your hobbies?

Meg My hobbies include running and dancing.  I was a member of a hip hop crew called Momentum Crew during college and have always been an avid runner.  I have completed 5 half marathons and hope to run a marathon in the near(ish) future.


What is your favorite camp memory:

MegMy favorite memory from camp was tie dye day at Multi-Sports during the summer of 2016.  Anthony trusted me to take charge of this activity and I loved seeing the campers’ excitement when they saw their finished t-shirts.


What do you enjoy about your job?

Meg I enjoy goofing around with Kirsten and Rachael in the office.  Although it can be stressful, we always find time to make each other laugh.

What song do you play most often?

Meg:  I play the song “The Greatest” by Sia a lot.  She is just so motivating, haha.  I always listen to her when I am running.

Which exercise do you enjoy the most?

Meg:   If I am not running or dancing, I am doing Vinyasa yoga.  I try to go once a week when I am home.  I have been doing it for 8 years now and love the intense sweat and stretch that you get when completing the class.


What’s your favorite comfort food?

MegMy favorite comfort food is (weirdly) sushi.  I always have sushi with miso soup and edamame.  I just love the salt.

If you could be the better at something, what would you choose?

MegIf I could be better at singing that would be awesome.  I would love to just belt out a song in the car and feel confident that someone could turn the music off and I would still sound good.

What do you miss most about being a kid?

MegI miss being so good at acrobatics.  I used to do gymnastics, dancing, and diving.  I also attended Futures Stars’ Circus Arts camp!  I was very flexible and could do all sorts of flips and tricks.  The only thing that I have kept up  being able to do are some things on a trampoline and a roundoff back handspring (but I barely ever do it).


What’s your favorite book?

Meg I am reading the book “Self Compassion” and being a recent college graduate, this book has been super helpful in moving on from college confidently!

What kind of movies do you enjoy?

I love romantic comedies, I just can’t resist!

Who is your favorite fictional character?

MegMy favorite fictional character is the character Megan from the book,”The Thunderbirds“, because I was named after her.

What’s your favorite outdoor activity/indoor activity?

MegI really like to draw! I can’t just draw something on the spot, but if you give me a picture to look at I can usually do a pretty good job of replicating it!

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

MegI actually think that the first thing I bought with my own money was a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee (no joke).  I still love Dunkin’ so so much!

What is your favorite quote?

 “Being human is not about being any one particular way; it is about being as life creates you—with your own particular strengths and weaknesses, gifts and challenges, quirks and oddities.” ― Kristin Neff.

Did you see Tiler Peck on Ellen?

If you are interested in dance, then you would probably know of Tiler Peck, 28 year old principal dancer with the New York City Ballet (NYCB) from Bakersfield, CA. Tiler’s dance training began at age 2 in her mother’s ballet studio. At 7, Tyler embarked on her formal classical ballet training with private lessons from Alla Khaniashvili, a former Bolshoi Ballet dancer.

When Tyler was 11, she studied with former New York City Ballet dancers Colleen and Patricia Neary and Yvonne Mousey, former NYCB principal. At 12, Tiler started at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet.

She started as an apprentice with NYCB in 2004, and by December 2006, she was promoted to soloist. In October 2009, it was announced that Ms. Tiler Peck would be principal dancer. Tiler is a versatile dancer and has dabbled in musical theater and acting. On television, she was a guest performer on “Dancing With the Stars.”


Need a Boost to Start Training?

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  • Know and share your objective – embracing your reason for exercise motivates you and sharing it offers family and friends a chance to support and cheer you on
  • Set realistic goals and be patient for results
  • Spend time creating a plan and/or hire a personal coach to get you started
  • Always remember to reward yourself

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