Only people saying “it wasn’t worth it” are ones doing this with a poorly run program.
Redwings and RK have been doing this for years. They put together the best team they can, run high level practices, and have many “exhibition” games pre-arranged with top AAA teams such as Czech Kinghts or Honeybaked because they have such a great re****tion. They play a game every day they are there and are very organized.
Go with a program trying to extort as much from FOMO parents as they can and you are likely to come back saying it wasn’t worth it.
Go with a professionally run program that is only looking to provide the kids with an unforgettable life experience and you will not find that being said by anyone.
The point is people leaving teams to find a team going a tournament like this. It's one tournament. That is FOMO. Nothing else. If you're already on a good team going then great. Scrambling to be on a team just because a tournament is weird. But I'm not obsessed the way some others are. My kid is also 7 so we're not near this but I can't imagine finding a new team to be on just because of one tournament. Anyone who thinks that is ok is weird.