The Atlanta Air Raid Drill

In 1943, at the height of World War II, the Georgia National Guard conducted an air raid blackout drill in the city of Atlanta. Lawrence “Doug” Cook was a Patrol Leader at the time, and he, like many other Scouts across Atlanta volunteered his Patrol to help with the air raid drill.

The Scouts were given their assignments, but Doug was at the back of the line. By the time he reached the officer’s desk there was nothing left for his Scouts to do. Thinking on his feet, the officer gave the boys an invented assignment. They were to act as “saboteurs” sent by the enemy to blow up the local water works.

Being an obedient Scout, Doug lead his Patrol on the task they were assigned. What ensued was a comedy of errors involving search lights, guard patrols and a lights-and-sirens trip to the Capitol Building.

After 60 years in Scouting, Doug still recalls the night of the Atlanta Air Raid Drill as the most exciting experience he had as a Scout.

Lawrence “Doug” Cook is an elder at Northwest Presbyterian Church in Sandy Springs. He volunteered with Troop 232, chartered to Northwest Presbyterian for over forty years. Before that Doug spent over twenty years in Scouting as a youth and an adult volunteer.