The article refers to a system of military-patriotic work with adolescents in institutions of additional education of the Republic of Mordovia. Sense of patriotism plays an important role in the formation of personality, in preparing a young man for an active life position. In shaping such a person in the extra education system the use of design technology of military-patriotic work is the most effective. Theoretical prototype of the process mentioned above becomes an educational model of the patriotic education of children, which main elements are: target, methodological, organization-procedural, criterion-diagnostic and evaluative-productive, as well as the stages of preparation and the necessary conditions. Examples cited in the article illustrate certain aspects of the project approach.