The Real Reason Rachael Ray Was Kicked Out Of The Girl Scouts

When someone is as wholesome as Food Network's celebrity host Rachael Ray, you can be forgiven for making more than a few assumptions about her: like the fact that she is close to her family (check); that her favorite food — a burger — is as wholesome as she is (check); that she was a cheerleader in high school (check). She's even come clean about the fact that while she loves her cooking and her food, she doesn't have any formal culinary training that can occupy a place of honor in her cooking credentials (via The Recipe). 

But as with all of us, Ray has a dark side, and one that involves the Girl Scouts, whose wholesome image we can see as being pretty close to Ray's own. During a tell-all session which she shared online, Ray came clean about her (brief?) time with the Girl Scouts, saying: "I had three demerits: I made up dirty lyrics to a Girl Scouts song; I didn't wear my full uniform, just the hat and sash; and worst of all, a girl broke her arm ('nuff said). That was it for me!" (via Rachael Ray in Season). Oh, for shame, Rachael!

Rachael Ray had a chance to patch things up with the Girl Scouts

But the gulf between Rachael Ray and the Girl Scouts didn't turn out to be as wide as it sounded, since both sides were more than willing to let bygones be bygones on national television. In an episode of "The Rachael Ray Show," Ray appeared in what she called "A Second Chance with the Girl Scouts" by taking on Troop 468 in order to help them get a cooking badge. While that  might not sound like much, it is a monumental task for a troop whose leader doesn't like to cook and isn't comfortable inside the kitchen. As one troop member put it, "The trouble with the cooking badge is we need to know to, like, cook."

They couldn't have found a better mentor. As Ray told ABC once, "I'm not a chef," and added, "I haven't created any new technique in the kitchen. I'm not a rocket scientist. I think I'm good at writing accessible, fun, and affordable meals for the average American family. That's what I think I'm good at." The uploaded clip might not have revealed any outcomes, but Ray and the troop got special Girl Scout badges for their efforts.