Camp heads down new trail

by Verla Peichl Review Correspondent


NANCY KISSEL reviewed the timeline of Camp Riversite which spans as far back as 1949, during a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for a new multi-use public trail at Camp Riversite in Hingham on Friday, June 19. NANCY KISSEL reviewed the timeline of Camp Riversite which spans as far back as 1949, during a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for a new multi-use public trail at Camp Riversite in Hingham on Friday, June 19. Sheboygan County is very fortunate to have a 4-H program that is not only interested in teaching skills to the 4-H members, but the 4-H volunteers have made it possible for the public to invest time in learning about nature and all that it has to offer.

This investment was recently broadened with the dedication of a new multi-use public trail at Camp Riversite in Hingham.

The multi-use public trail is open to walkers, hikers, sightseers, horsemen and women.

This is a new trail, but Camp Riversite has had other trails, for not only walkers but wheelchair nature lovers. It was a festive and learning experience the night of the dedication.

Nancy Kissel reviewed the timeline, the history and the wonder of Camp Riversite.


THE RIBBON CUTTING ceremony for the new multi-use public trail at Camp Riversite in Hingham was performed by co-planner Nona Beining, 2015 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair Lizzy Widder, Nancy Kissel and Camp Riversite Management Co. co-planner Michele Cyr Friday, June 19. — Submitted photo THE RIBBON CUTTING ceremony for the new multi-use public trail at Camp Riversite in Hingham was performed by co-planner Nona Beining, 2015 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair Lizzy Widder, Nancy Kissel and Camp Riversite Management Co. co-planner Michele Cyr Friday, June 19. — Submitted photo It was heartwarming when she couldn’t remember specifics of the timeline and some of the guests were able to call out history she was trying to remember or wanted to add to her presentation.

That confirmed the fact that there are several members of the community that have a long history in the growth and development of Camp Riversite.

Camp Riversite “comes to life” when the children arrive to visit and learn about trilliums, marsh marigolds and violets. They are exposed to plenty of wildlife such as deer, woodchucks and warblers, Great Horned Owls and Rose- Breasted Grosbeak.

If it isn’t nature you are interested in there is always the playground equipment, or a game of baseball or volleyball.

The dedicated multi-use public trail can be used for trail horses that have been specifically trained for trail-riding.

Kerry and Robin Campbell from Captured Ranch in Cato gave a short explanation in Trail Riding 101.

“Trail horses need to know more than an arena horse,” said Robin. “In this type of environment there are several things that are not controlled and the rider has to be ready for whatever may be on the trail with them, but at the same time they need to have trained their horse how to respond to unexpected things.

“First off the rider must know if their horse is physically or mentally ready for trail riding,” she said. “It is always important to be safe and a qualified horse-person needs to put their horse first and always think of what’s best for the horse. An arena horse is always in a controlled environment so that’s what makes one of the biggest differences between the two. Most horses can be trained to be a good trail horse, but it can happen that you might get one that just won’t respond and learn.”

Special thanks goes to the Camp Riversite Management Committee comprised of Barb Scholten, Tammy Niffeneggeer, Richard and Lisa Kappellan with newest members Nona Beining and Michele Cyr.

The following is the basic timeline of Camp Riversite given by Nancy Kissel.

CAMP RIVERSITE TIMELINE

March 1949 - Harry Czarniecki has a dream of a county 4-H camp

Dec.1958 - 4-H Leaders Association purchased 25 acres from Harold Huibregtse

May 1962 - 6,000 trees and 1500 shrubs were planted in southeast parcel by 4-H members

Dec. 1962 - 4-H Leaders Association purchased 25 acres from Harold Huibregtse

May 1965 - Bio-ecology study identifying native plants of area north of shelter

May 1967 - Picnic shelter built by Sheboygan County Deputy Sheriff’s Association

Sept.1967 - Softball field built by committee, including backstop and bleachers

March 1968 - 4-H Leaders Association purchased 10 acres from Richard Mauritz

May 1968 - Playground equipment donated by Wilson School (school closed)

June 1968 - Three cabins purchased by 4-H Leaders Association

July 1968 - Restroom building built by Sheboygan County Deputy Sheriff’s Association

Aug. 1968 - Well developed, campfire area and brat fryers installed, driveway graveled

Sept. 1968 - Camp Riversite dedicated

May 1970 - 3,000 trees were planted in northwest parcel by 4-H members

Sept. 1972 - Fundraiser “Thirsty the Duck” was initiated.

Sept. 1976 - ECO 4-H group completes nature trail that was a corn field

March 1987 - Task Force Committee formed to Promote Camp Riversite

Sept. 1988 - Camp Riversite celebrates its 30th anniversary

Sept. 1992 - Handicapped accessible trail completed

May 1993 - Self-guided nature trail guide book completed

Sept. 1993 - Handicapped accessible trail dedicated

Oct. 1998 - Enchanted Forest started

Sept. 2008 - Camp Riversite celebrates its 50th anniversary

Sept. 2013 - Horse Trail initiated by Horse & Pony Project


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