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The CDA promoted enrollment for summer camps through commercial films or "home movies." Camp directors began to create amateur films and share them with communities in hopes of recruiting young people to attend their camps. One popular type of these films was the illustration of a "day in the life" of a camper. The short movie captured camp life "from dawn to sunset, beginning with a short of the bugler waking up the campers, followed by scenes of the morning swim, various craft classes, the construction of buildings or objects, lunch, the afternoon swim, life-saving class, and so on, culminating in an evening campfire" (Paris, 2008)


In 1926, Camp Directors Bulletin, which would later become Camping Magazine, was founded. The Camp Directors Bulletin, or Camping, was another way to spread the word about US summer camps and kept leaders in the field connected. Summer camps also promoted themselves through the intensely thorough and dense Handbook for Summer Camps by Porter Sargent. 

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