by Senior Airman Matthew Lotz
31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
8/12/2014 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- The
Aviano Youth Programs summer camp gave 36 children, a special
opportunity to visit with the Pordenone Carabinieri's Crime Scene
Investigations unit, Aug. 6, for a Crime Scene Investigation Camp.
Team Aviano's junior detectives, ages 9 to 13, learned from Italian
Carabinieri CSI unit about crime scenes investigation, forensic science
and how autopsies are performed.
"We want the kids to learn and appreciate the science and skill the
Italian law enforcement puts into each investigation," said Michael
Rumbut, 31st Force Support Squadron assistant youth program supervisor.
"With this [camp], we want them to understand the time [the
Carabinieiri] puts into the job, with team work, critical thinking and
attention to detail all being used."
The unique, interactive experience gave the children a different
perspective on criminal investigations, rather than watching it on
television or in a movie. While TV shows often depict investigators
solving criminal cases in a one-hour time slot, the children
quickly realized it takes much more teamwork and coordination than
"When I saw Robocop, it was just him that scanned the entire crime scene
to help him find the criminals," said Giorgio Caporaletti, son of Eri
and Beth Caporaletti. "Now I see that there is a lot more people that
work on a crime scene to catch who did it."
During the summer, the AYP has provided various activities for kids
while military parents are at work. The childcare center allowed them to
choose from 30 different camps throughout the summer that let them get
hands-on knowledge of things they were interested in.
"Each camp the AYP has put on teaches the kids something different,"
said Rumbut. "The open recreation center has already put on camps such
as geocaching, farming, wilderness, film making, fine arts and mad
With the start of school around the corner, the AYP's summer camps will
end with CSI, Cooking, Volleyball, Kickball, Splish Splash, Sports
Spectacular and a Carnival Camp.
"The CSI camp was the fastest camp to fill up and one of our more
popular ones," said Rumbut. ""With as much participation as we have had
this summer, the AYP will definitely offer the summer camp programs
again next year."
While the AYP looks to continue the popular summer camps next year, they
recommend parents interested in signing up their kids for next year do
it sooner than later.
"We have limited spots for parents to sign their kids up for each camp
and they fill extremely fast," said Rumbut. "I recommend to parents that
they sign their children up for something that is new to them. There is
no better way to learn and grow, than expanding your knowledge base."
Although the summer camps are almost done, the AYP has plenty more
sports and activities to offer for the rest of the year. For more
information on these activities and events, call 632-7575.